The British air carrier, easyJet, has won this year’s Quietest Airline contest organised by Prague Airport in co-operation with the Prague 6 Municipality. The trophy, in the form of glass swallows, was presented to the winner by Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, and Eva Smutna, the Deputy-Mayor of Prague 6 Municipality. Alongside noise level parameters of aircraft upon arrival or departure, flight track adherence and aircraft seat capacity use, i.e. load factor, were evaluated in the contest. The airport in Prague thus annually motivates air carriers to reduce noise and pursue a considerate approach to residents of the airport’s surrounding areas.
“We are aware of the importance of our role in environmental protection. Therefore, we are proactive in this area. We strive to minimise the noise burden of civil air transport on the airport surrounding areas. In the long run, we try to motivate airlines to use modern aircraft and follow the rules, using operational, economic and technical measures. One of the most efficient motivational tools targeting air carries has been the annual Quietest Airline contest, held since 2006,” Vaclav Rehor, Prague Airport Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.
Ten air carriers, which have serviced Vaclav Havel Airport Prague most frequently during the year competed for the 2017 Quietest Airline title, namely Aeroflot, airberlin, British Airways, Czech Airlines, easyJet, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair and Travel Service. The British air carrier easyJet, which had already won the contest in 2006 and 2011, won again this year, making it a three-time winner.
“We’re very proud that our modern Airbus-only fleet has proven itself the quietest at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague. As Europe’s leading airline, we are committed to continuing to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on local residents. easyJet has also started taking delivery of its order of 130 A320neo family aircraft, which are 50% quieter than existing aircraft on the take-off and landing phases, so we look forward to operating more of these aircraft at Prague Airport” said Thomas Haagensen, Managing Director easyJet Europe.
As every year, the contest took place during the most intense air traffic operations at Prague’s airport, i.e. from 1 May to 31 October 2017.