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Ryanair to appeal ruling that calendar ads were "discriminatory"

The calendars raised over €100,000 for a Polish children’s charity last year, but a Spanish consumers group wasn’t impressed with the ads for them.

Michael O'Leary poses with cabin crew involved in the 2012 version of the calendar
Michael O'Leary poses with cabin crew involved in the 2012 version of the calendar
Image: Photocall Ireland

LOW-COST AIRLINE RYANAIR says that they will appeal a Spanish court ruling that found that ads relating to their cabin crew calendars were “illegal, discriminatory and unfair”.

The calendars, which feature members of staff, have been running since 2008 and raise money for charity.

In a court in the Spanish city of Malaga, the airline was told to drop advertising for the calendar after last year’s ads were subject of a formal complaint by a consumers’ group.

However, Ryanair said this morning that they will appeal the ruling and will continue to sell the calendars.

Spokesperson Robin Kiely said:

“We have instructed our lawyers to appeal this ruling regarding last year’s cabin crew charity calendar, which raised over €100,000 for a Polish charity, the TVN Foundation, to help sick children in Poland.

This case and ruling only relates to specific adverts run in November and December 2012 and has no effect on Ryanair’s continuing charity work or our current 2014 cabin crew charity calendar.

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