The Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has threatened legal action over the government bailout to regional carrier Flybe.
He has written a strongly-worded letter to the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, saying the state bailout of “billionaire-owned” Flybe contravenes competition rules.
The letter says “We must be treated the same as Flybe if fair competition is to exist.”
He argues passenger duty “holiday” given to the struggling regional carrier should be extended to other airlines.
The government should set out full details of the air passenger duty (APD) break given by the government to Flybe. If not, Ryanair intends to launch legal proceedings against the government, Mr O’Leary said.
Earlier this week, the government approved a rescue plan for Flybe, which is thought to centre on giving the airline extra time to pay about £100m of outstanding Air Passenger Duty (APD).
Details of the rescue plan have not been made public, however the government has said it is fully compliant with state aid rules.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said the government deal to bailout Flybe amounted to a "nasty cover up subsidy to billionaires", and has challenged chancellor Sajid Javid to publish details of the rescue plan.
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