After three 'mayday calls' at one Spanish airport in July, Ryanair has been called before Spain's civil aviation authority to answer questions about the airline's practice of carrying insufficient fuel on its planes, according to a short piece on the Euronews website: Ryanair investigated over Spain emergency landings.
To put these mayday calls into perspective, the Belfast Telegraph quotes a pilot who says, "In my 23 years as a pilot I never made a mayday call, most pilots would expect to get through their entire career without ever having to make a mayday call".
This is not the first time Ryanair has been in the news for this safety issue. I blogged about it almost four years ago: Ryanair Restricts Pilots' Right to Emergency Fuel.
Associated Press is reporting (Ryanair is pressuring pilots on kerosene: union) that a pilots' union, Vereinigung Cockpit, is accusing Ryanair of putting pressure on pilots to carry less fuel in an attempt to cut costs, a fact denied by Ryanair.
Do you feel safe flying with Ryanair in the light of these revelations? Or do you think the airline is right to cut costs in this way? Leave your comments below.
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