Enemy at the gate (private-eye.co.uk)

Given Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s boast that “short of committing murder, negative publicity sells more seats than positive publicity”, his airline’s deplorable treatment of a family with a severely disabled child en route to a holiday in Portugal should not come as a shock. But one fellow passenger, a medic, was so outraged he is […]

August 5, 2016

Sky high: who’d be an airline pilot today? (theguardian.com)

Every time we fly, we trust our life to a stranger. As well as mechanical failures and disastrous weather, a pilot must be ready to handle stress, terrorism and hours in the air. What kind of person sits inside that locked cockpit? The most striking thing about the conversation was its utter calm. “Mayday, mayday, […]

August 3, 2016

Abbassi calls on Arab airlines to respect trade union work (tdailynews.net)

Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Houcine Abbassi has called on Arab airlines to respect trade union work and give their employees all their rights. Speaking Monday in Sousse at the opening of an international conference on “The organisation of trade union work in airports”, held by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) […]

August 2, 2016

Airline pilots complain of dangerous fatigue in leaked documents (theguardian.com)

Airline pilots describe being pushed to the limit and warn about the impact on flight safety in a cache of leaked documents that give a unique and occasionally hair-raising insight into the aviation industry. Crews complain about fatigue and potentially dangerous schedules at a leading budget airline, which is already under pressure following a crash […]

August 1, 2016