Ryanair one of UK’s most safety compliant airlines, NATS

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low cost airline, has been recognised by NATS for its industry leading performance on key safety measures.

According to NATS quarterly performance data, Ryanair is one of the best performing airlines for minimising level busts, reducing callsign confusion incidents and compliance with ATC procedures.

For Ryanair, the annual rate of level busts – or instances when aircraft fail to fly at their cleared level – was 0.92 per 100,000 movements, as compared to an all airline average of 6.69 percent. Annual rate of callsign confusion events resulting from recognition errors between pilots and ATC was 4.58 per 100,000 movements, compared to the all airline average of 4.67. And instances when Ryanair failed to follow ATC procedures stood at an annual rate of 0.92 per 100,000 movements, as compared to the all airline average of 1.73.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘These latest NATS performance statistics confirm that Ryanair is one of the most safety-compliant airlines in UK airspace. We welcome these independent statistics which underline Ryanair’s excellent operating procedures, our industry leading 29year safety record and our relentless commitment to safety.’

Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), Ryanair operates more than 1,600 daily flights (over 500,000 per year) from 57 bases, across 1,600 low fare routes, connecting 180 destinations in 29 countries and operating a fleet of 303 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ryanair has recently announced orders for a further 175 new Boeing aircraft, which will be delivered between 2014 and 2018.

In October, Ryanair’s traffic increased by six percent year on year to over 8.02 million customers, while the load factor increased to 83 percent – a one percent increase. The annual traffic as of end October increased by two percent to 80.9 million customers.

Gatwick and NATS announce the first London Airspace Consultation

London Gatwick Airport and NATS, a UK-based provider of air traffic services, have launched a joint consultation on proposed airspace changes over southern England.

The London Airspace Consultation (LAC) will be in effect from October 15, 2013 to January 21, 2014 and available online at www.londonairspaceconsultation.co.uk, for stakeholders and the public to view and leave feedback.

The consultation is part of wider programme of proposed changes to deliver the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), developed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). It is expected to deliver significant benefits, including fuel savings for airlines, which means fewer CO2 emissions, and less noise overall for people living in the airport’s proximity.

At present the proposed changes focus on the airspace supporting London Gatwick Airport from ground level up, and also the airspace supporting London City Airport above 4,000ft. Later stages will address proposals for airspace supporting other parts of the London airports network, to be complete by 2020.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS’ operations director, Swanwick, said: ‘The airspace change programme is essential if we are to contribute to and ensure the success of the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS). The airspace above London is the most complex in the world, and as traffic levels increase change is necessary to ensure safety and service levels.’

Tom Denton, head of corporate responsibility at London Gatwick, said: ‘Gatwick is committed to leading the way in terms of airspace innovation and operation, which is why we were so keen to be the first major UK airport to work with NATS to fully review and consult on our airspace.

‘This project gives us an opportunity to further reduce the number of people affected by noise, as well as focus on further reducing Co2 emissions and air quality impacts. Therefore this is an important time for local people and those who live within our flight paths, who now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to give their feedback and influence the future of our airspace.’