SAS accuses Ryanair of airport fee fraud

Scandinavia airline SAS has accused Ryanair of filing false aircraft weight report in order to avoid paying higher fees joining other European airlines alleging the low-cost Irish carrier of fraud.’SAS had 10 days’ worth of cash': Wallenberg (29 Dec 12)
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In November, SAS filed a formal complaint to Scandinavian aviation authorities alleging that Ryanair was providing inaccurate aircraft weight figures to European aviation agency Eurocontrol, the Danish business newspaper Berlingske Business reported.The take-off weight figures are used to calculate landing fees.”We clearly don’t think it’s appropriate for Ryanair to circumvent the rules in order to get off cheaper, leaving us and other airlines that follow the rules to pay the bill,” SAS spokesman Lars Andersen told Berlingske Business.SAS is not alone in accusing Ryanair of fraud, with Air France having also accused the budget airline of misreporting take-off weight.And in Germany, Ryainair is the subject of probe by civil aviation authorities who suspected the carrier of having falsified aircraft take-off weight to avoid paying an estimated 370,000 ($482,000) in fees in Germany annually, the Die Welt newspaper reported.Attempts by The Local to reach Ryanair for comment were unsuccessful. However, a Ryainair spokesman told Berlingske Business that the airline “doesn’t comment on rumours”, arguing its fleet complies with rules approved by aviation authorities in Ireland.TT/The Local/dlFollow The Local on Twitter

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SAS accuses Ryanair of airport fee fraud

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