20 Feb 2012


Ryanairdontcare Campaign have taken this article below from Airobserver Blog.

A few months ago, I read an interesting article, which wrote about Ryanair’s dangerous cost-saving practices. According to several allegations by Spanish aviation professionals, Ryanair commonly refuels its aircrafts with the minimum amount of kerosene needed. Ryanair, by reducing its carried amount of fuel, spends less money and reduces its consumption. However, by European standards of aviation safety, all passenger aircraft must load more fuel than needed, to be able to fly an extra 30 and 45 minutes to be able to reach, in case of emergency or necessity, the next closest airport.
Earlier this month, a website mentioned Ryanair’s landing irregularities. Due to the fact that Ryanair tries to lower its cost by loading less fuel, its pilots have already had to ask for emergency access to runways. The problem is that pilots usually can’t ask for an emergency landing without a specific process that involves later investigation, a procedure that can have serious implications for the airline. The article says that when Ryanair’s pilots are short on fuel, they usually ask for priority access, but don’t dare to report a real emergency landing and follow the legal process. Fifteen days ago, a Spanish pilot from Iberia, probably bitter or annoyed by Ryanair’s behaviour, asked the tower to confirm that Ryanair’s demand was to indeed an “emergency due to lack of fuel”, forcing Ryanair’s pilot to admit to the ploy. But on order to avoid the ensuing investigation, the Ryanair pilot asked for the landing to not be labeled as an emergency. Iberia’s pilot then told the tower that if Ryanair’s plane was awarded the priority landing, without any admission of a state of emergency, he’d file a complaint against the airport securities authorities and Ryanair. Ryanair’s captain then urgently requested an alternative airport for landing.
In a recent letter to the Spanish Minister of Development, the entire Spanish aviation worker union accused Ryanair of dangerous behaviour: failure to declare Spanish workers to the Spanish healthcare system, use of misleading ads and other aspects deemed by Spanish aviation professionals as illegal or unfair. One more time, Ryanair will have to justify its practices judged as barely legal.
Moreover, this is not the first time Ryanair runs into problems with local authorities. Indeed, in November of 2006, the French Government adopted a decree, which forced any airline with bases in France to comply with French labour and social laws. In 2007, the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court) rejected appeals by both easyJet and Ryanair, which argued that their cabin staff worked for company headquarters outside of France and were therefore not subject to French Law.
When cost cutting schemes have an impact on passenger safety, it raises a whole other issue. Cutting costs should never bear an impact on safety.

John said,
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