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Ryanair to issue defamation proceedings against The Sun

The airline said that they had decided to take legal action over what they termed as “false and inaccurate claims”.

LOW COST AIRLINE Ryanair have today announced that they have instructed their lawyers to issue defamation proceedings against The Sun newspaper.

Their decision comes after a Dutch TV programme said that the airline was running its planes with low fuel reserves.

These claims were then repeated in a newspaper article in The Sun newspaper.

A statement from Ryanair today said:

These claims have no validity and originate from a Dutch TV programme which featured anonymous contributors in darkened rooms. The reason these anonymous contributors did not want their identities revealed is because there was no truth to their claims.
Ryanair today confirmed that its fuel policy allows all its pilots to take as much fuel as they wish to take, which in all cases is more than minimum reserve fuel. A recent joint statement by the Irish and Spanish safety agencies independently confirmed that Ryanair’s safety is ‘on a par with the safest airlines in Europe.’
Ryanair has this morning instructed its lawyers to issue defamation proceedings against The Sun newspaper for republishing these false and inaccurate claims.

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