Budget airline Ryanair has launched cheap flights for British residents elsewhere in the EU to fly back and place their votes in the upcoming EU Referendum.
The move is one that aims to reach the 1.2 million former British residents living elsewhere in Europe, and encourage them to place their votes. They are hoping that the voters will place their chocie to remain in the EU.
The seats are offered on June 22 and 23 and cost from €19.99. The flights are available to all of Ryanair’s airport destinations within the UK. They go on sale at midnight tonight (Thursday 19 May) and the offer ends in 24 hours.
Ryanair has been actively campaiging recently for an “in” vote, inclduing a video message from the company owner, Michael O’Leary. The airline says remaining in the EU will lead to more UK jobs and better economic growth.
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “As the UK’s largest airline, Ryanair is absolutely clear that the UK economy and its future growth prospects are stronger as a member of the European Union than they are outside of the EU and with just five weeks to go, we will continue to work hard to help deliver a resounding ‘Remain’ vote on 23rd June.”
The company is donating money to the “Remain” campaign, and O’Leary appeared in London earlier this week alongside Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to promote the case for staying in the EU.
In Dublin last week, O’Leary, commented, “Businesses have got be very active. They tend to shy away from political involvement. We’ll be criticized for doing it. For opponents who believe we shouldn’t get involved, to hell with you.”
O’Leary has historically been pretty vocal about the EU in a negative vein, even describing the EU Commission as a “death star,” but has recently carried out a u-turn and admitted the benefits to business. He added, “I despise much of the regulation that come out of Europe that add to consumer costs. But there are sensible arguments for staying in, there are very few sensible arguments for leaving.”