Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Low-cost airline Ryanair said it had dropped its controversial Afrikaans language test for South African travellers to weed out people with fake passports.

The Dublin-based airline changed its policy of requiring South African travellers to the UK to pass the quiz after a furor erupted earlier this month.

THE BBC REPORTED THAT Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday that the test was abandoned. The airline’s press service confirmed his comments.

“Our team has published a test in Afrikaans of 12 simple questions,” such as naming the mountain outside the capital Pretoria, O’Leary told reporters.

“They have no difficulty doing it. But we also didn’t think it was appropriate,” he said. “So we ended the Afrikaans test because it doesn’t make sense.”

Ryanair does not fly to or from South Africa but is Europe’s largest airline, carrying millions of passengers between hundreds of cities every year.

Afrikaans is one of South Africa’s 11 official languages ​​and is the first language of around 13% of the country’s population of nearly 60 million. It is the Dutch language developed by many of the country’s white settlers from the Netherlands and associated with South Africa’s white minority apartheid regime, which ended in 1994.

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Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans