EASYJET has come up with a novel - and expensive - way to get around draconian Swiss airline laws.
The bugbear of established national carriers has decided to fly 7,000 passengers for free on its new Geneva-Barcelona route.
The reason for this economic suicide - EasyJet has been banned from operating commercial flights between the two cities.
Chairman Stelios Haji-Ioannou blamed objections from Swissair. To get his revenge he will use his immense wealth to fund the freebie trip.
Passengers will have their fares refunded to them at the gate. On arrival in Barcelona they will then be invited to make a donation to a new charity called 'The fund for the Protection of Consumers against Swissair'.
Stelios is so incensed over being blocked from the route he has resorted to menacing Star Wars insults.
"Swissair is the evil empire and Philippe Bruggisser (president of Swissair owner SAirGroup) is Darth Vader," said a raging Haji-Ioannou, in a rather melodramatic fashion.
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