British airline Flybe is paying 172 people to fly between Dublin, Ireland and Norwich, England. Norwich airport made a deal with the airline to give a rebate of 280,000 pounds if the airline could deliver 15,000 passengers on the route within one year. The airline was short some passengers and after the airport would not offer up even a partial rebate, decided to hire passengers in order to meet its goal. “The ludicrousness is on the Norwich side who in essence have tried to hold us to ransom, putting at risk routes into Norwich,” said Flybe Chief Commercial Officer Mike Rutter on Irish public television.
Originally posted 2008-04-02 08:07:26.