airblue
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Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Sat Aug 31, 2002 10:49 pm

MILAN (Italy) - The anti-trust and market authority has fined Ryanair for 2,582m Euro for publishing newspaper advertisement earlier this year breaching legislation on comparative advertising.
The authority investigated a complaint made in February by Alitalia SpA after Ryanair compared the two airlines fares on a series of routes between Italy and Germany.

Here the topic I wrote about six months ago when I saw the comparative advertising against Alitalia on the main Italian newspapers:

Username: Airblue
Posted 01-30-02 14:37 and read 420 times.
I think Ryanair doesn't care what happened two week ago in Germany at the Cologne Court.
Here the detalis of their new advertising on all the main Italian papers.
Unfortunately my scanner doesn't work so well to put the picture of the advertising, but here a small summary:

Title: ALITALIA.... THE MOST EXPENSIVE ITALIAN COFFEE!

(follow a picture of a big cup of coffee with the name Alitalia inside)

Then this comparate advertising:

To Frankfurt (one-way) from:

Milan AZ €382 Vs. FR €20
Pescara AZ €655 Vs. FR €20
Pisa AZ €484 Vs. FR €25

Follow at the bottom of the advertising (It's written so small that you really need glass to read it!!):

Tax excluded; Alitalia flights use Main Airport and Ryanair flights use Hahn airport; Ryanair flights from Milan use Orio Al Serio airport; Alitalia flights from Pisa are operated via MXP; Alitalia flights from Pescara are operated first via Rome FCO and then via Milan LIN.


What do you think that it will happen in the nearest future?? I'm pretty sure AZ will take FR to Court.
But now I start to think that FR in order to have free pubblicity is really happy to go to Court so often.

And about the comparison of the Pescara route??
It's really unbelievable.

 
f.pier
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Sun Sep 01, 2002 5:52 am

2 thousand Euro?!?!?!

I think FR made the right choice. FR uses new aiirplanes, AZ those outdated MD80, so I think I'll fly FR everytime I can.
 
Rick767
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:02 am

As if 2,500 Euros means anything to Ryanair anyway, all they have achieved by this case is more free publicity! That's exactly what they want.

Good on FR I say.
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David_itl
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:56 am


f.Pier, do all the Ryanair flights in Italy use the 737-800? Because we have our usual 4 or 5 times daily noise-complaint-enhancement periods at MAN with their 737-200s!

David
 
Rick767
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Sun Sep 01, 2002 7:34 am

I heard recently the fleet will be practically 100% -800s by the end of 2003. Surprised that EGCC still doesn't see many of the NGs yet though.... shouldn't be long.
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airsicknessbag
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Mon Sep 02, 2002 5:33 pm

2,582m Euro looks like 2 582 000 EUR to me. Big grin

Daniel Smile
 
Trident
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Mon Sep 02, 2002 7:12 pm

How much have they really been fined? Is it:
2,582 Euros (ie two thousand, five hundred and eighty two Euros)
2,582,000 Euros (ie two million, five hundred and eighty two thousand Euros) or
2.582.000,000 Euros (ie two billion, five hundred and eighty two million Euros - because that's what 2,582m Euros reads as!)

If the latter - they would be out of business.
 
Rick767
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Mon Sep 02, 2002 7:14 pm

Two thousand five hundred and eighty two euros (2582).
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Trident
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RE: Ryanair Fined 2,582 Eur By Italian Anti-trust

Mon Sep 02, 2002 8:56 pm

Rick767 - thanks for the clarification. Obviously a nominal sum then.