London Chaos: Ryanair Calls on UK Government To Intervene

London Chaos: Ryanair Calls on UK Government To Intervene
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Earlier this week, Ryanair called on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), a UK Government department, to intervene following the chaos at London Gatwick with NATS.

Ryanair has said that they would not cancel any flights as a result of the mass staff sickness that has occurred at the airport.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

London Chaos: Ryanair Calls on UK Government To Intervene…

London Chaos: Ryanair Calls on UK Government To Intervene

A Ryanair spokesperson had this to say on the issue:

“It is unacceptable that airlines have been asked to cancel flights to/from Gatwick Airport for the next six days (until 2 Oct) as a result of NATS’s failure to adequately staff UK ATC.”

“It is the most basic requirement to hire and train adequate staff numbers including standby coverage. NATS has been a shambles for years, causing unnecessary disruptions at UK airports including Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester, and now Gatwick Airport for the past four weeks including the complete system meltdown on Mon 28 Aug, which brought UK aviation to its knees – a mess that has still not been explained.”

“It is clear that NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe has taken no action to resolve these ATC staff shortages and should now do the right thing and step down as NATS CEO so that someone competent can do the job.”

“We call on the CAA to immediately intervene and protect passengers from this ongoing UK ATC shambles.”

Since that announcement on the 26th September, CEO Michael O’Leary said on Wednesday that the airline would seek legal action against NATS.

When approached by AviationSource, NATS refused to comment on that particular statement, but referred us to the statement based on what happened at London Gatwick, which we documented already.

All eyes will be on the UK Government to see whether such intervention will be needed.

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