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Given the rapid growth in emissions from this sector, and in particular from Ryanair, which earlier this year was revealed to have become a Top 10 carbon emitter in Europe’s emission trading system, ranked next to coal fired plants, the Commission should act immediately and use its powers to end such state aid. In doing so, it should follow the precedent it set in 2010 when it ordered member states to wind down, and draft closure plans, for loss-making coal mines. When it comes to the climate, aviation is the new coal, and similar action is needed.