Ryanair: Are they intimidating pilots and making their service unsafe?
The company, which refuses to recognise trade unions, threatened to sack anyone who took part in the survey (or what they called the "so-called safety petition"), which came about after pilots got no joy when raising concerns about safety in a previous move.
As a result, the survey found that more than half of Ryanair's pilots were reluctant to raise safety issues with external bodies for fear of losing their job for 'gross misconduct'. Nine out of ten pilots said they believed the airline was trying to suppress pilots from raising safety concerns with 70% saying that they had no confidence in the safety reporting system of Ryanair.
This comes on the back of the news of Ryanair coming under fire from Spanish air accident investigators after the airline had to declare a series of fuel emergencies.
The Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil said: "The company’s fuel savings policy, though it complies with the minimum legal requirements, tends to minimize the amount of fuel with which its airplanes operate and leaves none for contingencies below the legal minimums."
"This contributed to the amount of fuel used being improperly planned and to the amount of fuel onboard dropping below the required final fuel reserve."
With flights appearing to run out of fuel and pilots fearing for their safety, do you fancy flying with Ryanair or is this just a load of bluster?