16/08/2012 Spain (BG) - Spanish air authorities have this week launched an investigation into low cost airline Ryanair, following reports three of its aircraft had to make emergency landings due to a lack of fuel in July.
Sources within Spain’s development ministry said that the AESA opened its investigation last week following a complaint by the company that manages the countries airports. The incidents occurred on the 26th of July at Manises airport, Valencia, when three Ryanair aircraft, en route to Barajas airport, Madrid, “declared emergency landings due to lack of fuel”.
It is reported the planes had been rerouted from Madrid airport due to bad weather and were placed in a holding pattern. They were subsequently given landing priority when their pilots warned they were running low on fuel.
A Ryanair spokesman in Madrid stated: “They weren’t emergency landings, they were normal landings”, adding that each plane had more than 30 minutes of fuel remaining, even after overflying Madrid by about an hour. The spokesman later went on to reveal “All Ryanair flights operate with the required levels of fuel; this includes the fuel needed for travelling on the runway, the flight, reroutings, diversions and unforeseen events”.
Irish newspaper the ‘Sunday Independent’ reported that Ryanair stipulates the level of fuel each flight should have and pilots are required to keep refueling to a minimum and to justify any excuses in writing.
Spanish consumer association CEACCU filed a complaint against Ryanair with the civil aviation authority on Tuesday last claiming the airline was jepordising passenger safety. The association asked for the airline’s operating licence to be suspended for three years and for a fine of €4.5million to be imposed.
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