• Denmark's news in English
Cheap flight brings political turbulence for Danish PM
The PM chose Ryanair, the least liked airline of Denmark's leftists and union leaders. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

Cheap flight brings political turbulence for Danish PM

AFP/The Local · 19 Feb 2016, 20:36

Published: 19 Feb 2016 20:36 GMT+01:00

Lars Løkke Rasmussen and his companion flew to Malaga on budget airline Ryanair.
"Disgusting!" said one opposition leftist lawmaker on his Facebook page, reacting to the news reported by the daily Ekstra Bladet.
Flying for a budget fare sends a "very bad signal", said Social Democrat Jeppe Bruus, quoted by the Ritzau news agency.
While politicians are usually criticised for spending too much, in Denmark what's more important is where they spend it.
The low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is not a favourite of Danish leftists and union leaders who claim the company's policies for employees are not in line with Denmark's social benefits.
"Ryanair represents a direct threat to the Danish model," said Henrik Bay-Clausen, representative for the 3F union at Copenhagen airport.
The unions have locked horns with Ryanair for years over working conditions and their political clout cannot be underestimated, as evidenced by the unions successfully running Ryanair out of both Copenhagen and Billund airports, although the airline's absence from the latter was rather short lived.
In fact if you are a civil servant in Denmark's four biggest cities -- Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg -- you are banned from flying Ryanair on any city business trip.
No comment yet from the centre-right Rasmussen on his frugal travel plans, but Ryanair competitor Norwegian tried to capitalize off the controversy with a cheeky Facebook ad directed at the PM that touted its free wifi – and collective bargaining agreement. 
Story continues below…

Att. statsministeren!

Posted by Norwegian on Friday, February 19, 2016

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

AFP/The Local (news.denmark@thelocal.com)

Today's headlines
Danish family reunification laws discriminate: court
The court said that Danish rules unfairly discriminate against those who obtain citizenship later in life. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark’s family reunification laws discriminate against those who achieve citizenship later in life, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Brit visits Copenhagen on Brexit fact-finding mission
Rebecca Sumner Smith plans to visit the 27 other EU countries before next month's referendum. Photo: Submitted

The Local caught up with British expat Rebecca Sumner Smith when she stopped in the Danish capital as part of her mission to speak to fellow Brits across the EU.

Copenhagen touts ‘organic food revolution’

An impressive 88 percent of all food served in the City of Copenhagen’s public institutions is organic, according to new figures released by the city.

SAS cancellations at Copenhagen to last days
The technical issues will leave SAS ten aircraft short. Photo: SAS

Technical issues with its flight of CRJ900 aircraft will leave SAS ten planes short through Thursday, causing the airline to cancel dozens of additional flights.

Danish teen jailed for Facebook terror threat
The man is a Danish citizen with a Lebanese background. Photo: Colourbox

19-year-old Aarhus man found guilty of encouraging terror by posting an Isis video.

'Inflatable refugee' visits Copenhagen on a mission
The 'Inflatable Refugee' is scheduled to arrive in Copenhagen on Monday afternoon. Photo: Schellekens & Peleman

A project meant to symbolize the journey refugees go through to reach Europe will arrive in the Danish capital on Monday.

My Danish Career
'My goal is to get Denmark eating pies'
Wild Kiwi Pies owner Stuart Thrush. Photo: Melanie Haynes

In the newest instalment of My Danish Career, The Local speaks with New Zealander Stuart Thrush, who traded out the corporate life for a Copenhagen pie adventure.

Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study
Weapons are now included in 30 percent of all Lego kits. Photo: Caleb Wagoner/Flickr

"The Lego company's products are not as innocent as they used to be."

SAS cancels flights in and out of Copenhagen
Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

As of Monday morning, 17 departures and 22 arrivals at Copenhagen Airport had been cancelled due to a tecnical issue.

Denmark wins world badminton team title
Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark celebrates his victory against Anthony Ginting of Indonesia. Photo: Scanpix

Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2 in the Thomas Cup final Sunday, securing the nation's first world badminton team championship after racking up eight second-place finishes over the decades.

Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
Denmark extends 'temporary' border measures for sixth time
Denmark nears final decision on controversial fighter jets
Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
Denmark unable to process or issue visas
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Business & Money
How Denmark’s national bank card is about to change
The best Danish bands you've (maybe) never heard of
Danes leaving the church in droves
Atheist campaign gets Danes to leave the church in droves
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
Business & Money
Unwrapping Denmark's first zero-packaging food store
Copenhagen has world's highest transport prices
Analysis & Opinion
What's the deal with those 'wild' Danish kids?
Denmark prepares to take on 'hate preachers'
jobs available