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British Airways-owner files EU complaint over UK govt support for Flybe

FILE PHOTO: A Flybe plane takes off from Manchester Airport in Manchester, Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - British airways-owner IAG <ICAG.L> said it has filed a complaint with the EU about UK government support for Flybe which helped stave off the regional carrier's collapse.

The airline group has asked the European Union's Directorate-General for Competition to look into whether UK support for Flybe constitutes a breach of EU rules over providing state aid.

IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh has publicly criticised support agreed by the UK government on Tuesday as a misuse of public funds.

(Reporting by Sarah Young, Editing by Paul Sandle)