Minister slams Ryanair CEO remarks

The minister for economic development said on Wednesday that the style of Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary's recent remarks regarding Hungarian windfall taxes were "unacceptable" and "leave much to be desired".

The minister said in a statement: “If only airlines gave equally swift responses when Hungarian citizens turn to them with consumer complaints.”

“We don’t understand their double standards. Ryanair pays the same type of tax for instance in Germany, Holland, Sweden and France, in keeping with the law, and without raising any problems … so why do they object to the Hungarian procedure?”

The minister said while it was typical that multinational company protected it profits rather than Hungarian families, “we expect everyone to behave in a fair and lawful way nevertheless, including Ryanair. The Hungarian authorities will take action against anyone who do not act accordingly,” he added.

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