The Curia (Supreme Court of Hungary) has upheld the decision of the Government Office of Budapest, hence the Irish airline Ryanair will have to pay the HUF 200 million (EUR 516,377) fine imposed for consumer protection violations, reports Magyar Nemzet.
The office’s consumer protection authority procedure launched in April 2020, found that Ryanair DAC airline failed to meet its supply and information obligations in connection with the delay of the February 18, 2020 Budapest-Gran Canaria flight, and implemented unfair commercial practices.
Ryanair said that the flight involved in the case was delayed for six hours at Liszt Ferenc airport due to refueling.
The government office’s role as a consumer protection authority is to protect passengers who have been unfairly treated by the airline. This is not the first time Ryanair has faced similar accusations as in April last year, after a lengthy wrangle, it was decided that the airline should pay a fine of HUF 300 million (EUR 774,422) for defrauding consumers.
The government’s Extra Profits Tax Decree
2022, stipulated that an extra tax of HUF 3,900 and HUF 9,750 (EUR 10 and 25.2) would be levied on airline tickets. In light of the decree, Ryanair had decided to make passengers pay the extra money imposed by the government. This sparked off a minor war between the Irish airline and the cabinet.
Economic Development Minister Márton Nagy said that he considered it unacceptable and rejected in the strongest terms the idea of Ryanair passing on the extra profit tax on airlines to passengers. Ryanair was the subject of a consumer protection investigation launched in June last year at the initiative of the Budapest government office.
However, the Budapest-Capital Regional Court annulled the HUF 300 million fine imposed on the airline.
The Government Office therefore requested a review of the case in June this year. They wrote that they considered that the airline had acted unfairly by charging the extra profit levy to its passengers and that the fine imposed was therefore still justified.
Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Ryanair