Aer Lingus named one of world's 10 safest low-cost airlines
Aer Lingus has been rated one of the world's 10 safest low-cost carriers by aviation website, AirlineRatings.com.
The airline "continues to have an excellent safety record and has never had a jet fatality," said Geoffrey Thomas, the site's Editor-in-Chief.
Based in Australia, AirlineRatings.com is a safety and product rating website monitoring 425 global airlines. Its safety ratings are based on factors ranging from airline incident records to reports from aviation's governing bodies.
Its 10 safest low-cost carriers (in alphabetical order) are:
- Aer Lingus
- HK Express
- Jetstar Australia
- Jetstar Asia
- Thomas Cook
- Virgin America
As with previous years, a number of high-profile carriers are absent from AirlineRatings.com's Top 10, including easyJet and Ryanair.
The website currently awards Ryanair five out of a possible seven stars for safety - despite its flawless safety record.
This is partly due to the fact that two of its seven stars can only be awarded to airlines that have completed the International Air Transport Association's Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) - which it says Ryanair has not done.
Taking the IOSA is not mandatory, nor is membership of IATA (a trade association), and both Ryanair and easyJet have fatality-free records.
“Ryanair’s industry leading 31 year safety record speaks for itself," a spokesperson for the airline told Independent.ie Travel.
"This airline ratings survey excludes non-IATA members, which is why Ryanair and Easyjet, amongst others, were not included in it.”
Mr Thomas replied to say AirlineRatings.com's system does not exclude non-IATA members, just those that have not completed the IOSA.
"Over 144 non-IATA members have completed IOSA," he added.
Ryanair did not wish to add to its statement.