Low-cost airline easyJet has offered to fly Pope Benedict to Britain for free after critics attacked the 20 million pound cost to taxpayers of the trip.
“We are confident that once he has tried easyJet, His Holiness will never look back,” easyJet said in a statement.
“His Holiness will be able to check in online, take advantage of the airline’s generous hand baggage allowance, sit back and enjoy the excellent customer service from our friendly cabin crew.
“In addition the airline will also include free speedy boarding, to enable his holiness to be amongst the first to board the aircraft and have a choice of seats,” the airline said.
The airline said it contacted the Vatican on Wednesday to extend the invitation and was waiting for a response.
Pope Benedict, who usually flies with easyJet rival Alitalia, confirmed on Monday plans to visit Britain later this year.