Thursday, 19 July 2007

Is safety still top priority with low budget airlines?

It’s a well-known fact that while aeroplanes are stuck on the ground they aren’t making money, but with the pressure mounting on individual airline staff to reduce turnaround times is safety being compromised?

Low budget airlines such as BMI Baby have targets for ground staff to get the plane back in the air after only 25 minutes!!

With all this extra pressure on individuals are they really taking the proper time and care with checking the aircraft after it’s previous fight. Do tight timescales cause negligence and only brief checks rather than thoroughly checking a carrier?

True, airlines want the aircraft to be in the air as many times as possible with hundreds of paying passengers on board. But then it’s only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

And then what will the excuses be?

“A thorough safety check was compromised because we wanted to get the plane back in the air as quickly as possible to make more money”?

or “It was only a 2 hour flight nothing could have possibly happened to jeopardise safety”?

There are no excuses.

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