EU commissioner Kallas condemns duty-time rejection

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Europe's transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, has condemned a vote rejecting proposals to revised pilots' flight-duty regulations.

Kallas says the rejection by the transport and tourism committee, ahead of a European Parliament vote, "puts at risk key measures to improve aviation safety".

"Pilot fatigue is a very serious issue and that's why there are already strong European Union rules in place," he says. "This proposal goes a step further bringing together the best safety practices from all EU member states and the latest scientific evidence."

Representatives of the European transport and tourism committee held the vote today. The rejection has been welcomed by pilot unions but Kallas dismisses their fears over the revision as unfounded.

"With these rules, we want to consolidate Europe's position as the safest place to fly," he says. "To do that, we need a debate based on facts, not based on misleading scare stories and false claims."