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Ryanair takes the cake in Bristol Airport's track-keeping awards

Created: 15th May 2014

Airline tops league table for on track departures. Ryanair topped the table for the second year running in Bristol Airport’s annual Tracker Awards.

The scheme measures compliance with departure routes set up to minimise noise disturbance for local residents and also encourages airlines to use procedures which reduce their noise impact.

The Irish airline, which serves 29 destinations from Bristol and carried over 1.4 million passengers from the Airport last year, was one of eight airlines to operate 100 per cent of departures on track. Ryanair took first place by virtue of its superior Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) performance, operating this noise reduction procedure on 95 per cent of arriving flights.

Ryanair’s Base Captain, Jonathan Moss, was presented with a certificate to mark the achievement and a large cake to share with his fellow flight crew. Aurigny, bmi regional, easyJet, Helvetic Airways, KLM, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways also received a letter of thanks from Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, for achieving 100 per cent on track departures.

The Tracker Awards were introduced in 2013 to recognise outstanding operational performance by airlines at Bristol Airport, based on monitoring of compliance with noise preferential routings (NPRs) and the rate of CDAs achieved. The league table format is an effective way of encouraging continuous improvement and ensuring any deviations from track are taken seriously.

CDAs are becoming more widespread for aircraft arriving at UK airports, with advances in navigational technology likely to further increase their use in future. When flying a CDA procedure, aircraft stay higher for longer, descending continuously and avoiding any level segments of flying which would require additional engine power to be applied. This reduces the noise impact on the ground under certain areas of the flight path (between around 10 and 25 miles from the runway) by up to about 5 decibels, saves fuel and reduces emissions. Overall, 83 per cent of all flights arriving at Bristol Airport operated CDAs in 2013 – an improvement of four percentage points over the previous year.

Alan Davies, Planning and Environment Director at Bristol Airport, said:

“Ryanair continues to lead the way when it comes to track-keeping but had to see off strong competition from several other airlines this year. Initiatives like the Tracker Awards can only encourage further improvements which will help to minimise the noise impact on local communities.”

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