EU Takes Aim at Airport Subsidies—and Ryanair

Ryanair airplanes waiting at airport gates Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In a move that could shake up the business model of low-cost airline Ryanair, European Union antitrust regulators want to phase out most government subsidies for unprofitable European airports. The plan could lead to higher operating costs for carriers that operate out of smaller, secondary airports; Ryanair, Europe’s biggest discounter, flies almost exclusively to such airports.

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