In a plot twist worthy of a Nordic Noir serial, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has dented Ryanair’s plans to make a killing with its new base in the Danish capital.
Frank Jensen, a Social Democrat who has been the city’s Lord Mayor for five years, has banned staff from flying with Ryanair while on official business – even if it means paying much more on the Scandinavian airline SAS.
That’s the Danish taxpayer who’ll be footing the bill. Of course!
Mr Jensen told the Berlinske newspaper: “We require all of those who deliver services to the municipality, including those who would sell us plane tickets, to offer their employees proper salaries and working conditions.”
On his Facebook page, he described Ryanair’s practices as “social dumping.”
And he’s perfectly at liberty to boycott them if he wants. With his own money.
Ryanair responded by tweeting a picture of Mr Jensen’s face superimposed on Marie-Antoinette’s body, with the slogan: “Let them eat cake!” and “Let them pay high fares!”
The aviation consultant, John Strickland, said: “Like Marie Antoinette it might have revolutionary consequences for the mayor. Ryanair can play the hand of democratising air travel and assisting public bodies to show they are cutting their travel budgets.”
Well, quite! Over to you, Danes…