Ryanair Met Full EU OPS Compliance in Valencia Fuel Incident – Report





Ryanair, Spain’s largest airline, yesterday (20 Sept) released copies of the official IAA report* into the 3 Valencia fuel emergency procedures of 26 July last which confirm that all 3 Ryanair aircraft:

1. carried fuel in excess of flight plan fuel requirements
2. diverted to Valencia with more than final diversion fuel
3. correctly declared emergency procedure in accordance with EU Ops regulations

The IAA investigation report (which 2 Spanish AESA officials participated in) confirms conclusively that Ryanair’s 3 crewscorrectly “declared an Emergency in accordance with EU Ops”. Ryanair welcomes this report which conclusively disproves the recent false claims in the Spanish media that Ryanair’s aircraft carried less than minimum fuel and/or were in breach of EU regulations.

Ryanair also welcomed this week’s joint statement of the Irish and Spanish Transport Ministries which confirmed that “Ryanair’s safety standards are on a par with the safest airlines in Europe”.

Ryanair now calls on the Spanish Ministry (Fomento) to take up Ryanair’s invitation to send a team of inspectors to Dublin to examine Ryanair’s operations which will confirm, as the IAA did yesterday, that “Ryanair’s safety standards are on a par with the safest airlines in Europe.”

In Madrid Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“We welcome this official report into the Valencia procedures on the 26th July last which confirms that all 3 Ryanair aircraft carried extra fuel and that all 3 complied fully with EU Ops procedures.

We also welcome this week’s joint statement of the Irish and Spanish Transport Ministries which confirms that Ryanair’s safety standards are on a par with the safest airlines in Europe. We hope that the Fomento will now accept Ryanair’s invitation to inspect our operations in Dublin in order to put an end to the false claims and misinformation in the Spanish media in recent weeks about Ryanair’s outstanding 28 year safety record.”

View the IAA report here: http://www.ryanair.com/doc/news/2012/iaa_report_valencia_EN.pdf



  1. EI-EBL says

    “Ryanair, Spain’s largest airline”: LOL the airline is based out of Dublin, IRELAND and all its planes have IRISH registrations.

    I was sure that they had enough fuel, if there is one thing that keeps Michael O’Leary up at night (from what I read) is the safety of his airline and the potential for a crash, so I would have been very surprised if these planes did not have enough fuel.

  2. says

    I think what’s being referred to is Ryanair flies more flights in/around Spain than any other airline. Can’t confirm that, but that’s what I interpreted.

    I’m glad Ryanair was exhonerated. I do wish whatever nuckle head in the media made the unfounded accusations would have to issue a public retraction.

  3. JENNIFER says

    I am no friend of Ryanair but sometimes the media screw up big time when any incident involving the airline occurs on their watch.

    They ‘reported’ failures where non existed, they used reputation to batter them further and they got it wrong.

    I have spoken of regulations re: fuel load and competance of flight crews to put their authority above the company and this is aviation law. Ryanair observes this law as this investigation has proven to my satisfaction.

    I still shall never fly the airline but this is a personal choice in favour of full service carriers.

    Just my personal view but this is why this platform exists is it not?

  4. David says

    Not true!!

    The final report from those incidents hast still not been published.
    I received the final report from the authorities regarding a previous incident of a Ryanair witch diverted from Alicante to Valencia before the incident of those several fuel emergencies in to the same Alternate airport.
    It is true that the flight departed with sufficient fuel according to EU-OPS but the flight diverted with less than the minimum diversion fuel and did not declare his emergency situation according to law.
    The aircraft landed with almost 200 kilos below legal minimums.

    • Exuma Guy says

      Why did you not share your report with the media?
      When you say “200 kilos below legal minimums”, are you referring to how much was planned, or how much was actually onboard after shut-down? As long as the flight was planned with sufficient fuel, landing with slightly less than planned fuel is NOT illegal. Also, did you account for fuel burn during the taxi after landing which could easily consume 200 kilos? 200 kilos of fuel in a B-737 is nothing.

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