This July, three emergency landings were made in a day by Ryanair aircraft in Spain. The occurrence was unusual, and despite accusations that it was down to fuel concerns from pilots, the landings were blamed on thunderstorms in the area.
Now, however, Ryanair is to be jointly investigated by Spanish and Irish authorities following a further number of diversions and emergency landings in Spanish airspace. This particular investigation will focus on a Ryanair flight from Paris to Tenerife on Sunday, which had to be diverted to Madrid because of a technical fault. Spanish authorities are also concerned about the other incidents, including the three emergency landings, and an engine problem causing a flight from Bristol to Reus to be diverted to Barcelona.
In a joint statement, Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and the Spanish Ministry of Development said they had met “to discuss oversight of Ryanair’s operation in Spain”.
After the meeting, the Irish Department of Transport said: “The Irish authorities gave an assurance of the Irish Aviation Authority’s rigorous oversight of Ryanair’s operations and on their satisfaction with Ryanair’s safety standards which are on a par with the safest airlines in Europe.”
Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said the airline will provide the Spanish authorities with “unfettered access to Ryanair operating, maintenance and flight training facilities and unlimited access to Ryanair’s safety, flight management, engineering and maintenance personnel.”