NATS confirms Ryanair safety compliance

Irish low cost carrier Ryanair has welcomed the latest quarterly performance data from UK’s air navigation service provider NATS which confirmed what it claimed was outstanding performance on key safety measures.

“Ryanair was once again among the best performing airlines for minimising level busts, reducing callsign confusion incidents and compliance with ATC procedures,” said the carrier.

 Level busts: (when aircraft fail to fly at the level cleared to)
 
Ryanair
All airline ave.
Annual rate (per 100,000 movements)
0.94
6.71
Callsign confusion events: (leading to recognition errors between pilots & ATC)
 
Ryanair
All airline ave.
Annual rate (per 100,000 movements)
3.73
4.58
 Failure to follow ATC procedure events: (aircraft not following ATC procedures)
 
Ryanair
All airline ave.
Annual rate (per 100,000 movements)
0.93
1.78

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “These latest NATS performance statistics confirm that Ryanair is one of the most safety-compliant airlines operating in UK airspace. Ryanair’s compliance with minimising level busts, reducing callsign confusion events and adherence to ATC procedures is industry-leading.  These independent statistics underline Ryanair’s excellent operating procedures, our outstanding 29year safety record and our relentless commitment to safety.”

The airline’s safety record was criticised in a Channel 4 Dispatches TV programme on Monday night and has said it will take legal action.

Meanwhile, the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) issued a statement reaffirming its stance on Monday’s Channel 4 Dispatches programme, where it claimed regulatory authorities appear unwilling to take pilots’ concerns seriously. The Irish Aviation Authority said it was disappointed that Channel 4 had engaged in a misguided attack on the regulation of a low cost carrier, based upon what it said was false and misleading information, which may undermine the travelling public’s confidence in civil air transport in Europe.

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