Nearing 150 passengers were stranded after the London-bound flight was commandeered at Bordeaux Airport on Thursday. A row onto French subsidies Ryanair was paid for flights from Angouleme airport in the Charente quarter between 2008 and 2009 was blamed for the Boeing 737’s seizure. The French Laic Aviation Authority (DGAC) grounded the Boeing 737 with 149 fares, claiming it was a “last resort”.
The European Commission later ruled round £873,000 (€1million)in subsidies paid to Ryanair were illegal and bid the Irish carrier to repay all the money.
Following the commission’s 2014 superintending that the payments gave Ryanair an unfair advantage, around half the grants were repaid.
A bailiff seized the Boeing 737 as it was on the airport tarmac cramming for take off.
The budget airline’s plane would remain grounded “until the sum is pass oned”, France’s aviation authority said.
Another plane was arranged for travellers, who arrived in London five hours late.
“It is unfortunate that the structure had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 riders on board the immobilised plane,” the French civil aviation authority explained.
“Those passengers were able to eventually reach their stopping-place later that evening on another Ryanair plane, but with a five-hour postponement.”
A DGAC spokesman added: “This measure was taken as a last visit by the French authorities after several reminders and attempts to recuperate the in clover failed.
“By this action, the government reaffirms its intention to guarantee the persuades of fair competition between airlines and between airports.”
French airport ceremonial Didier Villat told Sud Ouest newspaper: “To my knowledge it’s the first sometimes a Ryanair plane has been seized in this way.
“Just because we handle a little airport in Charente it doesn’t mean we are not going to defend ourselves.”
Ryanair has been hit by a horde of setbacks in recent months,with pilots and cabin crews across Europe common on strike.
Profits fell seven per cent to £1.06 billion (€1.2 billion) in the six months to September 30.
Six berth crew were sacked for gross misconduct after allegedly trump up a photo showing them asleep on the airport floor in Malaga, Spain.
In spite of these problem the airline saw a 11 per cent rise in traffic in October with 13.1 million riders flying across Europe.
Ryanair has been contacted for comment.