Tuesday January 21, 2020

Regulator threatened to ground 162 Ryanair planes, court told

Peter Bellew says he gave an assurance to ‘move heaven and earth’ to get safety documentation in order

12th December, 2019
Peter Bellew: said he never heard an authority “screaming and roaring” at an airline before an IAA meeting with Ryanair in August last year. Picture: Rollingnews

Ryanair was threatened with the grounding of 162 aircraft by the aviation safety regulator, the airline’s outgoing chief operations officer told the High Court on Wednesday.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) considered Ryanair’s “deficiency” in its safety paperwork in February last year “so severe that they were threatening to ground 162 aircraft,” Peter Bellew said in evidence.

This was averted due to “an assurance I made, that we would...

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