Junior transport minister Wilma Mansveld has asked the Irish government to clarify reports that airline Ryanair is ordering pilots to fly with as little fuel as possible, Nos television reported on Saturday.
Ryanair flies to a wide range of destinations from Dutch airports Eindhoven, Maastricht and Eelde.
Current affairs show Reporter on Friday featured four pilots who claimed they had been forced to fly with as little fuel as possible in order to save on costs.
The Irish government is responsible for controlling safety standards at Ryanair, a spokesman for Mansveld is quoted as saying by Nos. The minister has also asked for a copy of an Irish report into Ryanair.
Depending on the outcome of these inquiries, Mansveld will decide whether or not to start her own probe into safety standards at the airline. The Dutch pilots’ association has called for such an investigation.
Reporter said three Ryanair flights have been forced to make an emergency landing in Valencia because they did not have enough fuel.
In her reaction to the claims, Mansveld points out that the three incidents have already been investigated and no further action was considered necessary.
The four pilots told the show there is a ‘deeply rooted culture of fear’ at Ryanair. Other former officials described the company as a dictatorship.
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