Ryanair Airport Agreements Probed by European Union Regulators

Airports used by Ryanair Holdings Plc (RYA) in Belgium and France face expanded probes by European Union regulators over government aid that may have benefited some budget carriers over rival airlines.

The European Commission extended an ongoing investigation into state support for Belgium’s Charleroi airport to examine changes to Ryanair’s contracts on airport access and aid from the local Walloon regional government to the airport, it said in a statement today.

The Brussels-based regulator is also probing France’s Angouleme airport over a 2008 agreement with Ryanair and public support to finance its operations. It also started a second investigation into Germany’s Dortmund airport over state guarantees and airport charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aoife White in Brussels at awhite62@bloomberg.net.

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