A Ryanair attempt to capitalise on British Airways’ misfortune after a flight mistakenly went to Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf appears to have spectacularly backfired.

The no-frills carrier tweeted that its rival should read the book ‘Geography for Dummies’.

This drew a response from BA, saying: “Now, now. No one is perfect.”

Ryanair responded by tweeting: “Even we wouldn’t flog Edinburgh as Germany.”

However, many consumers piled in on Twitter, reminding Ryanair of its own foibles.

One suggested the Irish airline should read ‘Customer Service for Dummies’ while another put forward ‘Geography for Dummies’ after claiming a flight to Thessaloniki in Greece landed in Timisoara, Romania – 50 miles and two international frontiers from its supposed destination.

Another tweeted: “BA passengers were still closer to their destination than most Ryanair flights ever get.”

The BA CityFlyer service from London City airport to Dusseldorf was operated via a wet lease by German firm WDL Aviation with its own crew and captain and are understood to have filed the flight plan incorrectly, resulting in the aircraft landing in the Scottish capital.

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