Prince William Flies Budget Airlines To Scotland

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[10:48] Britain's Prince William attends the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration, in Runnymede
Britain's Prince William attends the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration, in Runnymede, June 15, 2015. Reuters/Chris Jackson/Pool

Prince William chose to fly the no-frills budget airlines Ryanair last month. It wasn’t a private flight. The future king, 33, took his seat on the budget airline headquartered in Dublin that promotes “cheap flights” on its website. 

The young British royal was spotted boarding a Ryanair flight to Glasgow. The future King was travelling to Scotland as part of his training to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on June 22. William starts his first full week of shifts, flying his brand new helicopter, from July 13. He previously served in the Royal Air Force, as a search and rescue pilot. In late May, it was reported that he was in the closing stages of his training to be a pilot with the ambulance team, enabling him to take up a new role transporting patients to hospital. 

Prince William was pictured casually dressed for his flight in a navy blue jumper, pale shirt, trousers and glasses. Will was believed to be accompanied by just one bodyguard. “The plane was delayed for about 20 minutes and nobody knew why. Then when it landed we realised the Prince was on board,” an eyewitness told The Sun. He added that he never expected to see the Prince on Ryanair, but was definitely refreshing to see a member of the royal family take a cheap flight, according to Hello.

A royal insider said that William, Kate and his brother Prince Harry frequently use low-cost airlines. In 2011, he and his wife Kate Middleton flew economy class after the wedding of his cousin Zara Philip to Mike Tindall. The Duke and Duchess opted out of taking a private jet and instead flew with low-cost airline Flybe for their trip from Edinburgh to Manchester. The couple even went through the normal security procedures like everyone else.

William took a routine flight to Washington D.C., when he visited the U.S. in December 2014. William and Kate have hopped aboard another well-known budget airline, EasyJet, to come back to the U.K. from France. Harry, meanwhile, headed back to London after the wedding via Easyjet. He even flew EasyJet on official business to Estonia in May last year. 

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