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Ryanair claims UK airspace meltdown cost it €5.4m


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Ryanair has claimed that a meltdown of the UK’s air traffic control system on a bank holiday in August last year cost it almost €5.4m as it was forced to cancel 354 flights while a further 1,300 suffered delays.

Details of a claim made by Ryanair in London’s High Court against the company that manages the UK’s air traffic control system, NATS, have been seen by the Irish Independent. In the documentation, the airline says it paid more than €3.3m on providing care and assistance to passengers, as it had to under the terms of EU legislation. This included hotel accommodation, meals and refreshments.

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