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Ryanair jets had enough fuel

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:45

Sept.20 - Three Ryanair aircraft that made emergency landings in Spain in July were carrying more than the required level of fuel, but the company should still review its policy, according to the Irish Aviation Authority. Andrew Potter reports

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Ryanair is Europe's largest low-cost airline. As such, its passengers expect no frills in return for cheap fares. But has the Irish carrier been pushing the envelope when it comes to safety? On one day in July three Ryanair flights made emergency landings in Valencia because they were running low on fuel. They'd had to divert from Madrid because of bad weather, but EU rules say commercial aircraft should carry enough fuel in reserve to cope with delays. A report by the Irish Aviation Authority says the planes were carrying enough fuel, but still wants Ryanair to review its fuel policy. Michael O'Leary is chief executive of Ryanair. SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL O'LEARY, RYANAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SAYING (English): "We have the official report into that which now confirms that those aircraft carried more than sufficient fuel and landed, or adopted the fuel emergency procedures, having flown for an extra hour." Ryanair has rejected claims by the Irish pilots' union that it pressures flight crew to carry the minimum amount of fuel required under European regulations. Spain is calling for tighter safety rules for low-cost airlines. Michael O'Leary extended this invitation to Spain's ministry of development, or Fomento. SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL O'LEARY, RYANAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SAYING (English): "We have now, because we've nothing to hide, invited the Fomento to send inspectors, send a delegation up to Dublin and we will give you complete access to our records." Ryanair accuses Spanish aviation authorities of falsifying information on incidents involving its planes. The airline carried over 30 million passengers in Spain last year, making it the country's largest passenger carrier. Andrew Potter, Reuters

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Ryanair jets had enough fuel

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 01:45