Airlines Respond with New Cockpit Rules


Flowers, candles and photographs decorate a monument dedicated to the victims of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in front of the mountain where the plane crashed in Le Vernet, France. (Photo: Patrick Aventurier, Getty Images)


In the wake of the Germanwings Airbus A320 catastrophic crash on 25 March, the airline industry in Europe and Canada is changing cockpit regulations to what’s called the “Rule of Two” requiring two authorized crew members in the cockpit at all times.

Below is a list of airlines who have updated their rules, following the German airliner tragedy. Note that some airlines already have the Rule of Two in place, as does the U.S. airline industry.

26 March

  • EasyJet (British)
  • Virgin Atlantic (British)
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian)
  • Air Canada (Canadian)
  • Two-crew requirement already in place for Jet2, Monarch, FlyBe (all British), Aer Lingus and Ryanair (Irish), Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian

27 March

  • Air Transat (French)
  • Swiss International Airlines (Swiss Air)
  • Wizz Air (Hungarian)
  • SunExpress Airlines (Turkish) will “review” the Rule of Two safety measure.
  • Lufthansa Group adopts Rule of Two for its airlines (Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines)
  • EASA issued a Safety Information Bulletin that recommends two authorized crew in cockpit or “other equivalent mitigating measures” for all European airlines as a temporary measure.
  • The Canadian Transport Minister (Lisa Raitt) requires all Canadian airlines with passengers to keep two crew in cockpit at all times.

A 26 March article in The Spain Report noted that most of Spain’s airlines are not implementing the Rule of 2 or otherwise not enacting new safety regulations.

IAG, Iberia, Vueling, Air Europa and Swift Air all refused to comment on the specific Germanwings accident.

Vueling said it had a requirement in place.

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