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Title: Budget airline Ryanair won a prime ministerial publicity coup this week when passengers spotted British premier David Cameron using the carrier
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Budget airline Ryanair won a prime ministerial publicity coup this week when passengers spotted British premier David Cameron using the carr...

Budget airline Ryanair won a prime ministerial publicity coup this week when passengers spotted British premier David Cameron using the carrier to take his wife on one of its cheap flights to Spain for her 40th birthday.

The couple have not had a foreign holiday since Mr Cameron became PM last summer. Plans to enjoy the pleasures of five-star Thailand holidays were put on hold over Christmas for fear of looking insensitive amid high unemployment figures.

Now it appears that he has found a way around this publicity problem, taking one of Ryanair's cheap flights to Malaga this week – leaving the kids at home with the au pair. However, they were spotted by an eagle-eyed passenger who took a photo of them in the departure lounge at London Stansted.

Upon arrival in Malaga, the couple took a car to the historic city of Granada, where they made a point of visiting the incredible 14th-century Moorish fortress and palace called the Alhambra.

Ryanair made another impact in the press this week when it used the launch of its new cheap flights to Corfu to attack the "high fare airlines and greedy tour operators" who were allegedly "strangling" the island's holiday industry.

The new route begins in June, and Ryanair head of communications Steve McNamara claimed that it would provide much-needed competition on the island. "Greek tourism has been strangled by high fare airlines and greedy tour operators, who have been making out like bandits in the absence of a low fares airline to deliver the competition that Greek tourism needs," he declared.

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