An inquiry into Ryanair's recent spate of emergency landings has found that the airline's policy of under-fuelling planes is not illegal, according to an article in The Olive Press: Ryanair cleared over flight diversions in Spain
Pilots with the Irish airline have complained for years about the policy, which potentially leaves pilots unable to reach another airport when diverted. The situation came to a head last month when the airline made three mayday calls in a single day. No other airline had any problems that day as they had all fuelled their planes sufficiently to reach another airport.
But the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has decided that Ryanair broke no EU laws, despite fears among pilots that the practice is dangerous. Ryanair publishes internal fuel league tables and warns pilots who carry too much fuel that they are 'being watched'.
Instead, IAA has recommended that Madrid airport should require planes to carry extra fuel, as is the case in Heathrow.