Ryanair Claims Stansted ATC Discrimination

03 Sep 2018 | 01.49 pm

Ryanair Claims Stansted ATC Discrimination

Airport worst in London for delays

03 Sep 2018 | 01.49 pm

Ryanair is claiming that Britain’s air traffic control organisation NATS is discriminating against the airline it and against Stansted Airport in favour of Heathrow and Gatwick, and that the airline has suffered ‘havoc’ in its schedules as a result.

The airline says data from the British Civil Aviation Authority confirms that Ryanair and London Stansted are being discriminated against by NATS (which is owned by British airlines), while Heathrow is being given special treatment, and Gatwick is also being preferred.

“Stansted Airport suffered 52% of all ATC delays in the London area from January to March 2018 caused by NATS, while Heathrow, which has three times the traffic, had 0% of NATS delays and Gatwick just 10%,” the airline stated.

Chief operating officer Peter Bellew  added: “Ryanair and Stansted are clearly being discriminated against by ATC provider NATS.  That Stansted delays are  unjustifiable and these disruptions are unfair and unacceptable. We call on the UK Dept of Transport and the EU Commission to take urgent action to ensure that the UK ATC provider is fully staffed and treats each London airport fairly.  

“Ryanair is today submitting a formal complaint to the European Commission and the UK CAA over this blatant discrimination.”

The CAA’s report is available here.

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