Ryanair Wants NATS CEO to Resign Amid London Chaos

Ryanair Wants NATS CEO to Resign Amid London Gatwick Chaos
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The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has called for the CEO of NATS, Martin Rolfe, to resign amid the air traffic chaos that happened at London Gatwick this week.

Flights were significantly disrupted on September 14 due to shortages of air traffic controllers that prompted diversions to Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, and even Bournemouth.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Ryanair Wants NATS CEO to Resign Amid London Gatwick Chaos…

Ryanair Wants NATS CEO to Resign Amid London Gatwick Chaos
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In the airline’s statement, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary had this to say on the NATS CEO following the London Gatwick chaos:

“It is unacceptable that more flights and hundreds of passengers are suffering delays to/from Gatwick Airport for a third time in just two weeks due to NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe’s blatant failure to adequately staff UK ATC.”

“Airlines are paying millions of pounds to NATS each and every year and should not have to see their passengers suffer avoidable delays due to UK ATC staff shortages.”

“We call on Martin Rolfe to immediately resign and hand the job over to someone competent enough to do it.”

The Irish low-cost carrier has also called on the UK CAA to intervene to ensure passengers are protected from these disruptions going into the future.

Ryanair has consistently been on the attack against NATS, after they called the preliminary report into the ATC shutdown “factually inaccurate”.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on NATS to see what the overall response will be, and whether indeed the CEO, Martin Rolfe will resign or not.

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