Flybe ‘sent empty plane so William and Kate could travel economy'
Prince William and Kate were reportedly unaware of the alleged plane swap (Picture: MailOnline)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent holiday to Scotland may not have been as environmentally friendly as many had believed.
The £73-a-head flight was in stark contrast to the four gas-guzzling private jets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had taken in just 11 days.
However, it has since been revealed that Flybe bosses ordered an empty plane to be flown 123 miles to pick up the royal couple and their children, it was claimed last night.
The flight William and Kate took from Norwich to Aberdeen at 8.40am is usually operated by Loganair on behalf of Eastern Airways – Flybe’s franchise – reported MailOnline.
However, it is alleged that Flybe bosses were keen that they use a plane with their branding on it, and decided to fly an Embraer 145 from Eastern’s Humberside HQ to collect the royals.
Prince William and Kate seen boarding the plane (Picture: MailOnline)
That meant that the Loganair craft which had flown passengers from Aberdeen to Norwich, left empty.
In total, the two empty flights resulted in 4.5 tons of carbon emissions.
Prince William and Kate are said to be totally unaware of the alleged switch and had not asked for any special treatment.
The source told MailOnline: ‘It’s utterly extraordinary and makes a mockery of their family’s very laudable attempts to travel more economically and in a more environmentally friendly manner.
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Passengers were shocked to see the royals board the plane (Picture: MailOnline)
‘An additional 4.5 tons of carbon emissions were created simply to ensure that an aircraft with Flybe written on the side operated the flight with the Royal party aboard, instead of the usual aircraft which flies the route. It’s obviously not their fault but is utterly ridiculous.’
However a Flybe spokesperson refuted the allegations.
They said: ‘Flybe denies any involvement in the decision over which aircraft to fly on this route, which is fully operated by Eastern Airways.’
The £73-a-head flight was in stark contrast to the four gas-guzzling private jets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had taken (Picture: Getty Images)
Eastern Air said reports about the series of flights were ‘immaterial’ if all the passengers had a nice flight.
Passengers had spoken of their shock at seeing Prince William carrying luggage and boarding the flight with George and Charlotte alongside him.
Along with Kate, they sat at the front of the plane, with many unaware of their presence.