Ryanair Wins Case Against Big Fine by Consumer Protection Authority in Hungary

  • 29 Jan 2024 9:25 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Ryanair Wins Case Against Big Fine by Consumer Protection Authority in Hungary
The Budapest Capital Court rightly annulled the fine of €736,000 imposed on the airline Ryanair in August last year, the Kúria found in its verdict announced on January 23.

The case started in 2022, when the government introduced a windfall profit tax, which Ryanair called outright robbery in light of the fact that at that time airlines were operating at a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When the airline imposed an extra €10 fee on its tickets to offset the new tax, the Consumer Protection Authority fined the company.

However, the Kúria, the supreme court, found that no deception of consumers took place when Ryanair passed on the tax to customers, as the company had acted in accordance with its general terms and conditions.

Although the "extra profit tax" has since been rebranded as an "environmental protection tax" by the government, Ryanair has kept the extra €10 charge in its ticket prices.

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