Tuesday, August 13 10:21:59
Ryanair this morning strongly refuted claims made on a Channel 4 that the airline compromises passenger safety to save costs.
The Dispatches programme featured a number of anonymous Ryanair pilots, who made allegations relating to a number of safety issues.
In a statement, Ryanair said it had an outstanding 29-year safety record.
It said it rejected the "false and defamatory claims made by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which wrongly impugn and smear Ryanair's outstanding 29 year safety record based on nothing more than anonymous hearsay claims made by individuals whose identity was concealed, and/or by representatives of pilot unions of Ryanair's competitor airlines masquerading as a Non Ryanair Pilot Group".
Ryanair has today released on its website the entire exchange of correspondence with Channel 4 Dispatches.
"The evidence provided by Ryanair and the Irish Aviation Authority conclusively disproves these false claims about Ryanair's fuel policy and/or Ryanair's outstanding safety record."
"The programme relies upon hearsay claims by anonymous alleged Ryanair pilots, despite the fact that Ryanair offered legally binding guarantees to these individuals of no sanction if they made these claims on the record, solely so that Ryanair could publish details of their individual flight records, fuel records, sickness records and safety reports which would disprove their false claims. Despite these assurances, C4 Dispatches insisted on maintaining their anonymity because, Ryanair believes, these individuals know that their claims are false and unsupported by evidence."
"Despite the evidence provided by Ryanair and the IAA disproving these fuel and safety claims, Dispatches have failed to address or report this evidence, preferring instead to publish these false claims in an unfair, unbalanced and inaccurate programme."
"Channel 4 Dispatches have repeatedly refused Ryanair's offer of an unedited interview with CEO Michael O'Leary, in which he offered to address any claims raised by Dispatches and rubbish the false claims made by these anonymous contributors. Dispatches would only interview Michael O'Leary if they could edit his answers, which was not fair or acceptable to Ryanair."