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Ryanair shines in Bristol Airport's inaugural Tracker Awards

Created: 7th Aug 2013

New scheme recognises airlines for track-keeping performance.

Ryanair took the plaudits at Bristol Airport’s inaugural Tracker Awards, having achieved 100 per cent compliance with departure routes set up to minimise noise disturbance for local residents.

In addition the Irish airline, which flies to 31 destinations from Bristol, topped the table for Continuous Descent Approaches (or CDAs) – a procedure which reduces fuel burn and noise from arriving aircraft. 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.

Bmi regional, which has introduced six new routes from Bristol Airport since last October, also received a certificate in recognition of outstanding performance for its operation of the Brussels Airlines service to the Belgian capital during 2012. One hundred per cent departure track compliance was achieved, with a 92 percent CDA rate. Aurigny, easyJet, Flybe, Thomas Cook and KLM also received a letter of thanks from Bristol Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, for achieving 100 per cent departure track compliance.

The Tracker Awards have been introduced 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.

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.

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

“We are delighted with the enthusiasm and interest shown by airlines in our track-keeping data. Considering there were over 50,000 air transport movements to and from Bristol Airport last year, the high rate of compliance achieved is particularly impressive. The Tracker Awards are designed to reward the best performers and encourage even better performance levels, with associated benefits in the shape of noise and emissions reduction.”