Ryanair boss provokes ire of Spanair protestors in Bilbao
Michael O'Leary poses for photos amid demonstration in airport
Madrid - 08 Feb 2012 - 12:22
The chief executive officer of Irish airline Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, is well-known for his publicity-hungry antics, which in the past have included announcing standing-room only areas on short-haul flights and charging passengers to use the restroom on planes.
But he went even further on Tuesday in Bilbao airport, posing for photographers in front of protesting employees from airline Spanair (above), which has gone bust.
The angry protestors blamed O'Leary's airline for "ruining" the Spanish market due to its business model, which is dependent on regional subsidies.
O'Leary was in Bilbao to announce new Ryanair routes, but after the altercation had to be escorted by police officers.