Ryanair to be used for official EU flights
Politicians and officials may find themselves travelling Ryanair as the Government targets air travel in its bid to cut the costs of Ireland’s presidency of the EU.
The controversial low-cost company is one of the airlines listed as part of the Government’s tender system for airline travel during the six-month presidency, which starts on January 1st.
Ryanair yesterday said the Government had accepted its offer of flights between Dublin and Charleroi airport, about 55km from Brussels city centre, for a “guaranteed” €49.99 one way.
The airline cited Office of Public Works figures from April 2012 which it claims showed the State paying an average of €350 per flight.