Newspaper apologises to Ryanair over health and safety story

Newspaper apologises to Ryanair over health and safety story

Ryanair has welcomed an apology from the Belfast Telegraph over an article about the budget airline's fuel policy and safety.

Ryanair initiated legal proceedings on August 16 over an article published online on August 6.

The airline said the Belfast Telegraph had apologised within hours of the action being taken.

The airline said it would continue to pursue defamation cases against Channel 4 Dispatches, Mail Online and the Daily Mirror.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: "We welcome the Belfast Telegraph’s apology and its acceptance that Ryanair’s pilots are free to carry as much fuel as they wish, that Ryanair fully complies with EU fuel regulation, and the IAA’s confirmation that Ryanair’s safety is 'on a par with the safest airlines in Europe'. 

"In the light of this apology we have instructed our lawyers to drop our legal action against the newspaper.

"Ryanair will not allow any newspaper (or group of non-Ryanair pilots) to defame our industry leading 29-year safety, or to impugn the 9,000 aviation professionals whose commitment to safety here in Ryanair on every flight, every day, is absolute."

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