Italians slap £2.5m fine on Ryanair for ash cloud conduct
Ryanair have been hit with a hefty fine by the Italian civil aviation authority following their recent conduct during the ash cloud crisis.
The Sky Marshall and his gang are €3 million (£2.5m) lighter in the pocket after the Italians decided that they failed to help passengers by offering them mandatory assistance after cancelling flights during Ash Cloud Week in April. The air agency, Enac, found that Ryanair neglected to provide passengers at Rome's Ciampino airport with drinks, foods and accommodation as required by European law.
At the time, the Sky Marshall noisily parped: “There’s no legislation designed that says any airline getting a fare of €30 should be reimbursing passengers many thousands of euros for hotel accommodation. It’s absurd. I don’t have a problem with everything being grounded for a day or two but there should have been a much faster response by the governments and transport ministers and by the regulators. This is one of these issues we want addressed – why exactly are the airlines expected to be reimbursing people’s hotels, meals and everything else when the governments are the ones who made a balls of this?”
Ryanair have described Enac’s allegation as “complete rubbish.”