Concern over safety of small airlines
10 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — An increasing number of holiday makers are becoming concerned about their safety if they have booked a flight with a small airline such as Onur Air.
10 May 2005
AMSTERDAM — An increasing number of holiday makers are becoming concerned about their safety if they have booked a flight with a small airline such as Onur Air.
Travel company Corendon has recently transferred hundreds of passengers to airline Transavia because they no longer wanted to travel with Onur Air.
Corendon specialises in Turkish holidays, flying 250,000 passengers each year to Turkey, some 60,000 of which fly with Onur Air.
Company director Atilay Uslu is surprised by the uproar: "We have worked for years with Onur and have always experienced it as a very safe airline".
But Onur Air has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently.
The Traffic and Public Works Inspectorate (IVW) said one of its planes was forced to make an emergency stop at the Antalya airport in Turkey on Sunday.
At the last moment, pilots noticed several defects and hit the brakes during take-off. Several tyres exploded as a result.
The plane was bound for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and was carrying a large number of Dutch passengers.
Onur Air is also under intensified supervision from the IVW because its planes are often mechanically defective.
The airline has since received its final warning. Should another incident occur, its planes will no longer be allowed to land in the Netherlands.
Travel bureau TUI Nederland — which does not work with Onur Air — has noticed that a larger number of holiday makers are asking which airline they will be flying with.
A spokeswoman said in the past, passengers rarely asked which airline they would fly with.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news