IRISH airspace is one of the safest in the world and those who patrol our skies are among the most skillful anywhere. That makes the latest glitch in our air traffic management extremely puzzling and of concern to those who choose to fly for business or leisure purposes.
More puzzling still is the response from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) which, understandably, is anxious to allay fears surrounding the safety of air travel.
On the one hand the IAA is describing the breakdown in air traffic management as “not a radar problem”, but, on the other, they can offer no explanation for the breakdown. It is hard to imagine it to be anything else other than a radar problem and the Commission for Aviation Regulation has characterised it as a “radar failure in Irish airspace”.
No one knows the cause of the failure and Irish air traffic control is now on a back-up system which means we are effectively flying on one wing — a bit like a motorist driving on a spare tyre with no way of fixing the puncture. We need more than reassuring words from the IAA.
We need answers.