Ryanair wins second EU state aid battle with Condor

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Ryanair wins second EU state aid battle with Condor

On Wednesday, Ryanair defeated its challenge against state funds granted to German charter airline Condor, marking its second victory in its fight against billions of Euros in support given to its rivals as Europe's third court annulled a regulatory decision.

However, the Luxembourg-based General Court said Condor would not be required to repay the German support for now due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and until a new decision by the European Commission.

The General Court annuls the Commission decision approving the State Aid granted by Germany to the airline Condor Flugdienst on the grounds of an inadequate statement of reasons, the Court said.

Judges said the EU competition enforcer had provided inadequate reasons for the indirect causal link between the costs resulting from the extended condor period of insolvency and the cancellation and rescheduling of its flights as a result of travel restrictions connected to the pandemic.

Condor had a recent EU executive last year grant 550 million-euro state approval, stating the measure complied with the new EU state aid rules.

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