Irish budget airline Ryanair has issued a press release denying claims made by a Dutch television show that pilots are pressured to fly with less fuel in order to save costs.
Current affairs programme Reporter on Friday carried interviews with four anonymous Ryanair pilots who said they regularly fly with less fuel than they would like on company orders.
The airline said the programme was factually incorrect. ‘The only pressure put on Ryanair pilots is to make safety a priority,’ the statement said. ‘That is the reason why Ryanair has a 28-year excellent safety record.
Ryanair also criticised the show for failing to contact it for a reaction.
The programme led the Dutch government to ask the Irish authorities for an explanation. Ryanair operates flights from three Dutch airports.
Dutch ask Irish government for answers on Ryanair safety standards