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Ryanair : "Our fuel policy is working"

Source: Cinco Dias - Sun 19th Aug 2012
Ryanair : 'Our fuel policy is working'

The president of the Irish airline Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, gave an interview to the German Financial Times newspaper on Friday, where he defended the three emergency landings made in Valencia on 26 July due to fuel shortages.

O'Leary referred to the situation as being "exceptional".

The Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is investigating the incident where 3 aircraft were forced to make emergency landings at the airport due to a lack of fuel.

"Each of the three aircraft had enough fuel on board, over the 90 minutes that are required for a landing. However, we were forced to fly in a circle on Valencia for about an hour, which is not normal," he said.

O'Leary said in the interview that the airline had complied with "The security requirements of the aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and that each aircraft had enough fuel".

"Even after the emergency landing we still have enough fuel for 30 minutes of flight as part of our security system," he continued." Our fuel policy is working."

Last week it was revealed how a Ministry investigation into the matter may result in the airline losing it's licence to operate within Spain .

Comment on this Story

Mr Timpson...I agree with your comments re the loss to Spain if Ryanair should lose its licence..(Unlikely) it certainly would hit the tourist industry but just think of the effect it would have if one of these aircraft "didnt make it" due to running out of fuel!! I wont use them even if the flight is. 1p.
Pessimistic - Wed, 22nd Aug 2012
The sad thing is that this a lose / lose situation for the average Expat living in Spain : On one hand, if Ryanair come through the investigation unscathed they will continue to ride rough-shod over their passengers even further, on the other hand if they are fined and have their licence to fly to Spain withdrawn it will mean Expats are forced to turn to more expensive flights AND - worse still, the inevitable loss of potentially millions of tourists each year !!
C Timpson - Tue, 21st Aug 2012

This man seems to be so obsessed with making money he is prepared to take any means he can to satisfy his objective...

Hopefully if enough would- be passengers have read about these emergencies they may decide that "Safer" is better than "Cheaper" and act accordingly.

Pessimistic - Tue, 21st Aug 2012
Surely, Mr O'Leary, it could be argued that all Emergencies are "Exceptional" ?
Mr Grumpy - Sun, 19th Aug 2012

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