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Ryanair sues Italy on airport capacity

Ryanair says it has filed a lawsuit against Italy’s aviation authority for cutting traffic at Rome’s Ciampino airport, a move that the low-cost airline says is aimed at protecting national carrier Alitalia.

“This is nothing more than the latest illegal attempt by (aviation authority) ENAC and the Italian government to limit the growth of low-cost carriers to protect Alitalia,” Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said today. As well as filing the suit at the regional court of Lazio, Ryanair has also asked the European Commission to examine the move to reduce capacity at Ciampino by 30% from November, O’Leary said. O'Leary has repeatedly criticized Italian state support for the loss-making Alitalia, in which the government is trying to sell its 49% stake. (