"There is pressure on pilots to minimize refueling in order to save money for the company," says one of the pilots. This pressure leads according to the four security risks. "We always look at the edges, the edges of the regulations," says one of them. "Affects the safety? Yes, it does, "adds a colleague.
The pilots establish a connection with the events of 26 July. In Valencia landed one evening three aircraft of Ryanair with an emergency, a so-Mayday call, due to lack of fuel. During a press conference in Madrid, the Ryanair board on the correct procedures. But a Spanish air traffic indicates that there was an "emergency procedure. From a reconstruction of that night shows that a disaster was close. The incident was a direct result of the pilots of the rigid fuel policy of Ryanair. "If nothing changes, then it goes downhill safety", says a pilot. "Yes, I'm afraid that something will happen if things do not change," says another.
Nico For Bach, president of the European Cockpit Association (ECA) is deeply concerned about the policy of Ryanair: "It is waiting for a time a plane completely out of fuel left. For Bach calls for a thorough investigation. The Agency receives approval from the Dutch Association of Pilots. Chairman of Evert Zwol: "I would like to call it to the bottom to go. In the Netherlands, but also on a European site, to be very good to look what's playing. "
The four whistleblowers do in the broadcast report of a "deep-seated fear culture" within the company. Kites are, they say, are barely able to resist the pressure. "When pilots express their concerns, they are punished, they say. One of the penalties imposed is critical pilots transfer to a base far from their homes. A former commander describes the style of Ryanair management as: "A regime of oppression, a dictatorship."
A lot of information have been reported on all the European television and newspapers, here below you can find some links. Also very interesting the first reaction of Ryanair to the report been broadcast last week, who can find the official email sent by the airline on their website.
Dutch political party CDA has questions about Ryanair: