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Ryanair Discontinues Afrikaans Test Following Outcry In South Africa

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  • Ryanair Holdings plc (NASDAQ: RYAAY) has eliminated a requirement for South African travelers to confirm their nationality before flying by passing an Afrikaans test following a backlash from South Africans, Reuters reported.

  • Last week, the South African government expressed shock at Ryanair's intention to oblige U.K.-bound travelers with South African passports to take the test, calling the move a "backward profiling scheme."

  • Ryanair does not operate flights to and from South Africa but carries more passengers around Europe.

  • "The South African government have acknowledged that there's a problem with the vast number of false or fake South African passports," the report cited Chief Executive Michael O'Leary.

  • Price Action: RYAAY shares are trading higher by 1.01% at $70.82 on the last check Wednesday.

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