Plane sailing for Red Army

THE Green Army are bound to be watching the Red Army’s Euro finals manoeuvres with interest in light of the remarkable news two of Russia’s biggest airlines have indicated they will answer a call by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to transport the national team’s fans to Euro 2012 for free.

Putin last week met with a Russian fans group who told him the air fares to travel to Poland and the Ukraine were too expensive. According to reports in Moscow, the Prime Minister promptly contacted the country’s two largest air companies, Aeroflot and Transaero, who indicated they would be willing to comply for the tournament.

“We’re ready to participate, but it is still in the discussion stage,” a Transaero spokesman said. Our partner, the Gazpromneft-Aero company is in agreement to supply the fuel for the flight to Kiev.”

Aeroflot have also agreed to transport the fans, but the number of flights and the destinations have not yet been fixed, a spokesman told the daily Vedomosti.

Clearly, this is an example which our own glorious leader would do well to follow. And how interesting it would be to be fly on the wall when Enda Kenny runs it by Michael O’ Leary, stressing such matters as the national interest, the importance of sport and the need to lift the morale of our people in these recessionary times. Michael’s response would be interesting too, if perhaps a little shorter. Just two words, maybe, one of which could well be ‘off’.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved


Breaking Stories

WATCH: The pressure of being a Ryder Cup captain's pick

Here's why LeBron James won't be making a Colin Kaepernick-style anthem protest

Three-time Tour de France speaks out about the use of exemptions in cycling

WATCH: In case you missed it, Jurgen Klopp impressed on MNF last night

Lifestyle

Why Ireland's gay community will always be grateful to Fair City

City in song and verse - new anthology shows off the best of Cork writing

Angelina Jolie hiring the best divorce lawyer in the business - Laura Alison Wasser

Get your house in order before going for a mortgage

More From The Irish Examiner