Gov't Fines Ryanair HUF 300 mln

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The Government Office of Budapest launched a consumer protection procedure against Ryanair-DAC on the issue of the passing on the extra profit tax to consumers, Minister of Justice Judit Varga said in a post on her Facebook page.

Minister of Justice Judit Varga posted a new update account regarding the dispute over Ryanair’s business practices on her Facebook page.

The minister wrote that on June 10th, the Government Office of Budapest launched a consumer protection procedure against Ryanair-DAC on the issue of the passing on the extra profit tax to consumers.

The Ministry of Justice, as the professional lead body, has been following the investigation, which has resulted in the Consumer Authority finding an infringement, as the airline has deceived consumers through unfair commercial practices.

The fine amounts to HUF 300 million (EUR 765.000).

Ryanair responded saying it is ready to appeal against what it calls "baseless" fine from the Hungarian consumer protection agency (GVH), the airline said in an email to Reuters.

"Ryanair ... will immediately appeal any baseless fine raised by the Hungarian Consumer Protection Agency. No notice of any such fine has yet been received by Ryanair. If necessary, Ryanair will appeal this matter to the EU courts," the airline said.

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