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Airline cancels flight to Vienna to avoid being seized over $275 penalty owed to Austrian citizen


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Adria Airways canceled a flight Thursday from Ljubljana, Slovenia, to Vienna, Austria, over concerns the aircraft would be seized due to a 250-euro (the equivalent to $275) penalty and instead transported passengers by bus, according to Slovenia’s STA news agency.

A court ruled that the airline owes the money to an Austrian citizen for a separate cancelled flight.

After the unnamed citizen was scheduled to fly Adria home from Greece in 2017 on a flight that was inevitably cancelled, they went to an organization for passenger rights.

The case trickled up to a court that ruled Adria owed the passenger.

According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s flight was shelved when an Austrian enforcement officer showed up at the airport alongside a lawyer and police officers.