Ryanair is refusing to pay back alleged state subsidies arising from its operations at Belgium's Charleroi airport.
Michael O'Leary, Ryanair chief executive, said on Tuesday that the Belgian authorities had written to the airline demanding the repayment of around €3m.
"We have written back to say fuck off," he said on Tuesday.
Ryanair had incurred costs eight times higher than the alleged state aid in setting up its base at Charleroi, said Mr O'Leary.
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