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25 June 2002

To ask the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to media reports (details supplied) regarding the safe flying of aircraft; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Mary Upton

(Media reports in the UK regarding the observance by pilots of the instructions of air traffic controllers copy enclosed)

Answered by the Minister of State in the Department of Transport Jim McDaid

The Irish Aviation Authority has responsibility for regulating the technical and safety aspects of civil aviation and for the provision of air traffic services and to monitor the activities of airlines in this regard. The IAA also oversees aviation safety standards of all Irish airlines, aircraft and airport operators. I am satisfied that proper procedures are in place to ensure the appropriate international safety standards set by such bodies as the International Civil Aviation Organisation are being met.

The matters referred to in the media reports relate to operations in UK airspace and are the responsibility of the UK authorities.  Both the Irish Aviation Authority and I are satisfied that Irish aircraft operating in UK airspace do so in accordance with the highest international aviation safety standards.