Former Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley’s jet circled the world as taxpayers backed Sports Direct’s failure –

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Former Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley’s jet circled the world as taxpayers backed Sports Direct’s failure – fr


A plane owned by former Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley has made more than 90 flights around the world as taxpayers shell out tens of millions to pay the salaries of its Sports Direct staff.
Newcastle United owner’s Dassault Falcon 7X has sailed 145,000 miles in 12 months, landing at 34 destinations in 15 countries since June 1 of last year.

This included trips to the Maldives, Dubai, Portugal, Miami and Orlando in Florida, Crete, Mykonos and Zakynthos in Greece, as well as Mallorca and Ibiza.

Essential business travel was allowed during the pandemic.

The £ 38million plane, which its maker says ‘handles like a fighter jet’ and travels near the speed of sound, has also made several trips to and from London Luton Airport, even after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown from January 6.

Government data revealed that Sports Direct received more than £ 5million per month in January and February to pay staff salaries, with additional sums paid to workers in other parts of its retail empire for maintain the business.

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It is not known which of the 90 Ashley flights or his associates were on board, if any.

It is understood that he traveled to the Maldives in December, then moved to Dubai, where he ran his business, before heading to Miami to have meetings regarding his business.

A spokesperson for Ashley said, “We have no comments except that all appropriate professional and personal policies, procedures and protocols have been and will continue to be followed. “

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