Protests as Ryanair claims Palermo 'dominated by Mafia'

Irish budget airline forced by Catzi to eat its words

(ANSA) - Palermo, February 11 - Irish no-frills airline Ryanair was forced to correct its website Wednesday after it claimed that Sicily's capital has been dominated by the Cosa Nostra for "many years".
    "Palermo is a forgotten treasure," said Ryanair in the tourist guide section on its website, "dominated for many years by the Mafia and poverty, the city has reclaimed a place among European cultural cities".
    The description sparked outrage in Sicilian regional tourism alderman Cleo Li Catzi and Fabio Giambrone, president of the Gesap company managing Palermo's Falcone-Borsellino airport.
    Ryanair marketing manager Giuseppe Belladone said "we are removing the content in question, this is content supplied to us by a third party and this detail escaped an internal check".


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