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’.
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