|15 January, 2020

British Airways-owner files EU complaint over UK govt support for Flybe

IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh has publicly criticised support agreed by the UK government

British Airways aircraft are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018.

British Airways aircraft are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018.

REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON - British airways-owner IAG said it has filed a complaint with the EU about UK government support for Flybe which helped stave off the regional carrier's collapse.

The airline group has asked the European Union's Directorate-General for Competition to look into whether UK support for Flybe constitutes a breach of EU rules over providing state aid.

IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh has publicly criticised support agreed by the UK government on Tuesday as a misuse of public funds.

(Reporting by Sarah Young, Editing by Paul Sandle) ((sarah.young@thomsonreuters.com; +44 20 7542 1109; Reuters Messaging: sarah.young.thomsonreuters@reuters.net))

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