Ryanair has filed a formal complaint after discovering Eurocrats are barred from using low-cost airlines.
The airline"s chief executive Michael O"Leary found that officials from the European Union"s executive arm were entitled to business and first class travel with some in senior positions using executive jets.
However, the travel agency responsible for officials" travel will not book budget airlines, reports the Sunday Times.
Lawyers acting for Ryanair filed a complaint last week with the European Court of Auditors demanding a review of "the legality, regularity and financial soundness" of the no-budget policy.
O"Leary was offered travel expenses when invited to a Brussels conference but was told he should use Aer Lingus. He flew at his own expense on Ryanair.
By Diane Evans
Monday, March 12, 2012