By Gemma Wilson
RYANAIR has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation by aviation authorities into a string of incidents in Spanish airspace.
The budget airline had been accused of risking the safety of its passengers by flying with the minimum fuel allowance in order to save costs.
But a report by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) confirmed the low-cost carrier had not breached stringent EU safety laws when three flights were forced to make emergency landings in Valencia on July 26.
All three had been diverted from Madrid due to bad weather but requested priority landings after revealing they were running low on fuel.
But the IAA report cleared the Irish airline of any wrongdoing after declaring that all three planes had touched down with more than the required fuel limit.
However, Irish officials have recommended that their Spanish counterparts review the case and consider if airlines should be required to carry extra fuel when using Madrid airport, as is the procedure at Heathrow.