Orbis could profit from Ryanair suit

Graham Willgoss

Low-cost airline Ryanair says it will donate any proceeds from its £3m compensation claim against the Department for Transport to the flying eye hospital charity Orbis.

Ryanair said the claim covers losses incurred as a result of the heightened security measures introduced at UK airports in the wake of the alleged terrorist plot targeting transatlantic flights.

Michael O'Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, said he did not want to be seen to profit from suing the Government, so any money awarded would be donated to Orbis - the airline's charity of the year for 2006.

"We're very grateful for the support," said Pam Williams-Jones, executive director of Orbis. "If Ryanair chooses to continue to support us, there's absolutely no reason why we wouldn't accept a donation.

"We have absolutely no view on the claim - that's something for the lawyers."

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