Ryanair faces probe over Spanish landing
Published 19/09/2012 | 05:00
THE Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is to carry out a joint examination with the Spanish authorities into an incident involving a Ryanair flight that made an unplanned landing at Madrid airport on Sunday.
Officials from the Spanish Ministry of Development met Department of Transport and IAA officials in Dublin yesterday to discuss Ryanair's operations in Spain.
This followed an incident involving a Ryanair flight from Paris Beauvais to Tenerife on September 16 which made an unscheduled stop at Madrid because of what Ryanair called a "small technical problem".
There have been a number of other incidents involving the airline's planes in Spain in recent months, including three emergency landings in Valencia in July when flights which had been diverted from another airport were reported to be low on fuel.
The Department of Transport said yesterday that the Irish authorities had given an assurance of the IAA's "rigorous oversight of Ryanair's operations and their satisfaction with Ryanair's safety standards".
They had also agreed to increased cooperation between the IAA and its Spanish counterpart, AESA, which would include a joint examination of the incident in Madrid airport.
They also invited the Spanish authorities to send an expert delegation to visit the IAA so it could be briefed in detail on the oversight of Ryanair's operations.
Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said that airlines were regulated by the aviation authority of the country where they were registered meaning it was standard practice for the IAA to look at any incident involving Ryanair.