Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary wants to ditch co-pilots as part of a bid to slash costs.
He accepts co-pilots are needed on longhaul flights, but says on shorter trips their only role was to “make sure the first fella doesn’t fall asleep and knock over one of the computer controls.
“It could save the industry a fortune. In 25 years with over 10 million flights, we’ve had one pilot who suffered a heart attack in flight and he landed the plane.”
But a British Airline Pilots’ Association spokesman said: “His suggestion is unsafe and his passengers would be horrified.”