Wizz Air continues its lawsuit against the Romanian national airline Tarom. Wizz Air is ready to take the airline’s place if it goes bankrupt, said Owain Jones, the company director of Wizz Air.
According to napi.hu, Tarom is waiting for almost EUR 90 million. Despite receiving government support worth EUR 56 million over two years, Tarom is still in a critical situation. In the past few days, Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu also admitted that the airline is facing difficulties. If the court were to oblige the company to repay the previously received state subsidies, it would be the equivalent of bankruptcy.
Wizz Air continues the lawsuit after the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EUR 36.6 million state aid granted to Tarom last year to be legal. As magyarnemzet.hu writes, the Hungarian low-cost airline’s appeal is based on the fact that Wizz Air’s lawyers found that the reasoning of the EU body was wrong in seven points. Wizz Air thinks that the justification that it would have been difficult to replace Tarom’s service, and that the competition would not have been able to take over the place of the state airline, is unfounded. However, on 4 May, the Court of Justice of the European Union rejected the warning submitted by Wizz Air.
Owain Jones said that Wizz Air is ready to take over the place of Tarom if the airline goes out of business, as it did in the case of Malév. However, they would only take over certain flights. At the same time, the company director noted that, for the time being, they are expanding capacities towards holiday and Western European destinations. Tarom and Wizz Air fly a total of 13 routes in parallel. But the Romanian national airline also flies to Amman, Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgrade, Hamburg, Istanbul, Munich, Sofia, Prague and Vienna.
Source: napi.hu, magyarnemzet.hu