Aer Lingus ranked among world's 10 safest low-cost airlines
Aer Lingus has again been rated one of the world's 10 safest low-cost carriers by aviation website, AirlineRatings.com.
The website, which monitors 407 global airlines, compiles its annual safety lists based on factors ranging from airline incident records to government reports.
"AirlineRatings.com’s editorial team also examined each airline’s operational history, incident records and operational excellence," it says.
Its 10 safest low-cost carriers (in alphabetical order) are:
- Aer Lingus
- HK Express
- Jetstar Australia
- Thomas Cook
- TUI Fly
- Virgin America
"We are pleased that Aer Lingus has been recognised for being at the forefront of safety innovation and operation excellence for eight decades," a spokesperson said.
A number of high-profile carriers are absent from AirlineRatings.com's Top 10, including easyJet and Ryanair, which the website currently awards five out of a possible seven stars for safety - despite its unblemished safety record.
This is due to the fact that two of the website's seven stars can only be awarded to airlines that are members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Membership of IATA is not mandatory, and neither easyJet nor Ryanair are members - therefore it is impossible for them to achieve seven stars on the system.
“Ryanair’s industry leading 30 year safety record speaks for itself," the airline said in a statement issued to Independent.ie Travel.
"This AirlineRatings.com survey excludes non-IATA members, which is why Ryanair and easyJet, amongst others, were not included in it.”
easyJet and Ryanair are members of the European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA). Both have fatality-free records, and last year flew around 180 million passengers between them.