Europe’s top politicians and civil servants will have to slum it on Ryanair thanks to the scrooges in the Irish government.
The budget airline has announced that they have agreed a cut price deal for flights between Dublin and Brussels during Ireland’s European Union presidency.
The Irish government has been forced to cut costs during the presidency and has accepted a guaranteed $65 one way fare from Ryanair.
The downside for the politicians and officials is that they will land in Charleroi airport, some 30 miles from Brussels.
The Irish Times reports that Michael O’Leary’s budget carrier is one of the airlines listed as part of the Government’s tender system for airline travel during presidency.
A statement from Ryanair said: “The Irish Government had accepted our offer of flights between Dublin and Charleroi airport for a guaranteed €49.99 ($65) one way.”
The report says that the airline highlighted the savings for the Irish government.
The paper adds that Ryanair quoted official Office of Public Works figures from April 2012 which it claims showed the State paying an average of almost $500 per flight.