The prince takes a no-frills flight to Glasgow for his travels as part of his air ambulance job

By Simon Perry
Updated July 02, 2015 02:50 PM
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Even wearing his normally-unseen eyeglasses, Prince William was easy to spot among passengers on a flight to Scotland last week.

This wasn’t a private flight: Rather, the future king, 33, took his seat on Ryanair, a budget airline headquartered in Dublin that promotes “cheap flights” on its web site.

Traveling with a bodyguard on June 22, William was heading to Glasgow for work with the company that now employs him, Bond Air Services. It supplies helicopter pilots for the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, and William starts his first full week of shifts, flying this brand new helicopter, the week of July 13.

In flying budget, he follows in the narrow aisles of fellow VIPs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who paid a visit to Kensington Palace last weekend. The Hollywood couple were spotted with their extended clan taking coach seats for a flight from Paris down to Nice earlier this summer.

A royal insider notes that William, wife Kate and brother Prince Harry frequently use low-cost airlines.

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“They have done so quite often in the past,” the source points out. “This is not the first time.”

William took a scheduled flight down to Washington, D.C., when he visited the U.S. in December. And William and Kate have hopped aboard another well-known budget airline, EasyJet, to come back to the U.K. from France, as well as Flybe when returning from Scotland.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who is currently in Africa doing conservation work, flew EasyJet on official business to Estonia in May of last year.

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