Birmingham Airport Maintains Track-Keeping Performance

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has maintained its “excellent” track-keeping performance, with 99% of all departing aircraft staying ‘on track’ in 2012, beating its annual target of 95%.
The airport has invested heavily in monitoring aircraft track-keeping and holds regular meetings with airlines, air traffic managers and operational staff to ensure that they are aware of its noise and track-keeping policies.
As a result, the airport has increased the number of aircraft staying within noise preferential routes, which airlines are obliged to stay within to avoid flying over the most densely populated residential areas until they reach an altitude of 3,000ft (914m).
Furthermore, the ‘Operation Pathfinder’ scheme was set up seven years ago by the airport and Conservative MP for Meriden, Caroline Spelman, to recognise airlines that have performed well and exceeded the airport’s track-keeping target.
At this year’s ceremony held in April, Turkish Airlines won the best track-keeping award in the over 50 flights per month category with a 100% on-track record.  Other airlines honoured included Aer Lingus, Eastern Airways, Flybe, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe commented:  “I’d like to congratulate the airlines for their hard work and commitment to the scheme, which has helped us to achieve another fantastic set of results.
“We have recently been out on the road visiting our local communities, speaking to residents about future changes to our flight paths through a series of public consultations.”
He added: “We are aware that some residents are concerned about aircraft noise and track-keeping, which is why we hold regular meetings and briefings to encourage local people to come and talk to us about any issues they may have about the airport, so that we can reduce any impact.”
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