TAX ALLEGATIONS

Ryanair Offices Raided in Germany

ARCHIV - A file picture dated 10 May 2007 shows Ryanair planes at Dublin airport in Dublin, Ireland. EPA/ANDY RAIN (Zu dpa "Ryanair will neue Flugzeuge außerhalb Großbritanniens stationieren" vom 28.06.2016) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Ryanair in the crosshairs of German tax authorities.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The raids could cast a negative light on Ryanair as it attempts to expand in Germany.

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    • At least 35 customs officials raided Ryanair offices at six German airports: Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne, Weeze near Düsseldorf, Frankfurt-Hahn, Bremen and Baden-Baden.
    • Investigators asked pilots about their working conditions and seized computers, iPads, work schedules and documents.
    • At least two apartments belonging to pilots were also searched. The pilots are reportedly suspected of aiding and abetting tax evasion and social insurance fraud.
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German authorities have searched the offices of budget airline Ryanair at six different airports across the country to investigate allegations of tax evasion and social insurance fraud.

The state’s attorney from the city of Koblenz and customs authorities intercepted pilots and crew members who may have been working under the table, according to a report by Zeit Online, a German news site.

At least 35 customs officials participated in the raids at the airports Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne, Weeze near Düsseldorf, Frankfurt-Hahn, Bremen and Baden-Baden.

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