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Ryanair.(Europe report)(Brief Article)

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary confirmed last month that a draft report from the European Commission indicates that "significant portions" of the airline's arrangement at Brussels South Charleroi Airport will be found unlawful and reaffirmed Ryanair's intent to appeal a negative outcome to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Simultaneously, the airline would enter into talks with the regional Walloon government, which controls BSCA, to possibly privatize it and set up a similar low-cost arrangement.

If neither option is possible and a negative decision is issued by the EC, "Ryanair will be forced, temporarily, to close the base at Brussels Charleroi," O'Leary told ATW. He said the carrier currently is in talks with two privately owned airports near two capital cities in Europe to transfer the four 737s presently based at Charleroi. …

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