‘MILLIONS of air passengers face misery in
Had the issue not been resolved in the meantime, action could have started on April 20, disrupting Easter weekend holiday flights.
And this after last year’s ash cloud, snowbound European airports at Christmas and wildcat strikes by Spanish air traffic controllers over a busy long holiday weekend in December which affected thousands of international passengers and led to the Spanish government to declare a state of emergency and threaten strikers with imprisonment.
Now, quite apart from the impact this would have had on Spain’s already hard-pressed economy (average national unemployment around 20% or 30% in Andalucia) and the fact that this – together with BA’s own threatened strikes – would ruin many people’s holiday plans, there are other issues within the aviation industry of equal concern but which, ironically, get overlooked in the desperation just to get aboard that holiday aircraft.
According to Boeing, about 15 per cent major aircraft accidents involve maintenance error (transportation by air is three times more dangerous than by car and 30 times than by bus). Which makes me wonder about the other 85 per cent: how much is pilot error?
And leads me on to fake pilot licences, a practice mainly occurring thus far, fortunately, in
The licence of a woman pilot of no-frills Indian airline IndiGo was recently cancelled after she almost crashed her passenger jet in
An emergency review of licences held by all 4,084 of
For many in
So it would have had an added impact if travel plans had been interrupted. For most North Europeans, however, all they want is their holiday jet to take off to
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