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Royal Family seeks new travel chief to ensure they use ‘cost effective’ flights | UK News



Buckingham Palace is advertising for a new “director of royal travel” to ensure the family uses “cost effective” flights while taking into account “environmental considerations”.

The palace says the person “will have overall responsibility for organising air travel” and overseeing the operations of the Queen’s helicopter, scheduled train services and the royal train.

The successful applicant will also have to ensure the household “operates and purchases safe, efficient, cost effective and appropriate travel services” for the official duties of the Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace says in its advert that the person will have to liaise with the relevant authorities to “provide advice and recommendations on travel”, while also taking into account “safety and environmental considerations”.

The job advert says the successful applicant will have to take 'environmental considerations' into account
The job advert says the successful applicant will have to take ‘environmental considerations’ into account

The job is being advertised months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were criticised for taking four private jet journeys in 11 days, despite their views on tackling climate change and supporting the environment.

This included a private flight to the home of singer Elton John in Nice.

Harry responded to criticism of his use of private jets at the launch of an eco-friendly tourism initiative, saying there are times when he needs to keep his family safe.

There is no suggestion Buckingham Palace’s advert for a new travel director is connected to the criticism the Sussexes faced.

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The job advert says: “You will be required to ensure planning and procedures are highly effective, researching and negotiating value for money contracts and options for travel, while understanding and recommending best industry practice in risk and safety management.”

Buckingham Palace states that the those who apply should have proven leadership and management skills, good communication skills, and the ability to analyse complex situations.

The role also involves working 37.5 hours a week, but a salary has not been indicated on the advert.

The closing date for submissions is 20 December 2019.

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