Henrik Dam Kristensen is the transport minister of Denmark, the country currently holding the rotating EU Presidency.
“/…/ I will also raise the issue of flight time regulations for pilots and other flight staff. Fatigue among pilots is a very serious matter and over the coming years, the increasing number of passengers and flights will pose challenges in relation to the pilots’ flight time regulations.
It is essential to create the right balance between flight time and rest time for pilots in order to ensure flight safety. We should all feel safe in the knowledge that our pilots and other flight staff are well-rested and ready for duty. Stories in the media about tired pilots, who have fallen asleep during the flight, may cause passengers to doubt whether their pilot is fit to fly. We cannot put passengers nor pilots in this kind of situation.
At a European level, preparation for updating the rules for flight time regulation is underway. The Danish Presidency will underline that the regulations should be based on scientific research and expert recommendations.
I look forward to discussions with my European colleagues at the Council meeting this week. I hope that we can agree to give a clear signal to the European Commission that focus should be given to these matters."