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Thomson Airways tastes sweet success in Bristol Airport's track-keeping awards

Created: 7th May 2015

Airline tops league table for on track departures.

Thomson Airways has topped the table in Bristol Airport’s annual Tracker Awards. Based on all flight records for 2014, 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.

Thomson Airways, which serves eighteen destinations from the Airport and operated over 1,000 flights during the 12 month period, was the only airlinewith a 100 per cent record, although several competitors came close.

Captain Mark Karim of Thomson Airways was presented with a certificate to mark the achievement and a large cake to share with his fellow flight crew. Ryanair, easyJet, bmi regional and Thomas Cook Airlines were also recognised for their outstanding performance during 2014 in achieving 99.85 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). The league table format is an effective way of encouraging continuous improvement and ensuring any deviations from track are taken seriously.

Melanie King, Environment Manager at Bristol Airport, said:

“Thomson Airways had to see off strong competition from several airlines at Bristol Airport and we are delighted to recognise their commitment to operational excellence. It is an outstanding achievement to operate 100 percent on-track flight departures. 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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