Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has defended a tweet published by Ryanair on Monday evening that showed a mock-up of a person sandwiched into an Aer Lingus catering box.
It was labelled ‘Immigrants Flies Aer Lingus’, in a pop at its smaller rival’s tagline ‘Smart flies Aer Lingus’.
Mr O’Leary joked that he may even give his social media team a raise as a result of the coverage.
“I didn’t think they were particularly funny last night when they went out,” he said of the Ryanair tweet. “But I must say I am highly enthused by the reaction and response they’ve got.”
He added: “I intend to give our social media team a ‘well done’ note and probably a pay raise for generating an unusual amount of free publicity for Ryanair seat sales.”
At a press conference yesterday, Mr O’Leary said that the Aer Lingus catering department was to be relaunched, adding “Chinese takeaways”, in reference to the Chinese national who was arrested at the airport on Sunday evening along with two Aer Lingus employees.
He said he can be “absolutely certain” that such a scam could not operate at Ryanair.