Wizz Air 'pushing sleep-deprived pilots to fly': Ex-captains accuse low-cost airline of putting profits before safety

A former Wizz Air pilot has accused the budget airline of pushing pilots to fly until they can’t stay awake in a bid to maximise profits – even though it may risk holidaymakers’ safety.

The maximum time pilots are legally allowed to fly each year is 900 hours but Wizz Air has been accused of viewing this cap as a target rather than a limit.

One current pilot at Wizz Air said this had led to an exodus of pilots to other airlines.

Another pilot, who quit the airline this summer, told MailOnline he became so sleep deprived earlier this year that he called in as ‘fatigued’ and took three separate days off in one month because he didn’t trust himself at the controls of a Wizz Air passenger plane.

At the time he told Wizz Air bosses: ‘I just don’t think I’m going to be able to manage the whole flight safely.’

The pilot was based at Luton Airport and flew Airbus A321s for Wizz Air, which carry up to 220 passengers. Luton is one of the busiest airports for Wizz Air.

He told MailOnline: ‘I felt like I was getting burnt out so I went for fatigue.

‘Airlines tend to keep a lot of things very secret. Wizz Air is a low cost airline. If you fly with them you get what you pay for. 

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