EasyJet has been selected as the Quietest Airline for 2011 at Prague Airport in the jet category and Malév in the propeller aircraft category

Prague 11/29/2011

The names of the winners of the fifth annual QUIETEST AIRLINE contest at Prague Airport are now known. Easy Jet has won in the jet aircraft category and Malév, a Hungarian carrier, has defended its victory last year in the propeller aircraft category. The awards were presented today by representatives of both sponsoring organizations – Prague 6 Mayor Marie Kousalíková and Jiří Pos, Prague Airport Director. At the ceremony, there was a performance by Musica e Danza, a music and dance group from Dědina Elementary School, supported by the Airport. This year, the group won the World Choir Championship.

The QUIETEST AIRLINE contest, aimed at protecting the environment, has become a tradition for both Letiště Praha and Prague 6. In 2011, regular planned flights during the summer season were used as the basis for evaluating 10 air carriers in the jet aircraft category and 4 air carriers in the propeller aircraft category. During the most intense air traffic period, i.e., from June until October, in addition to noise levels, efficient use of aircraft seating capacity was measured.

“The measurement results over recent years show that air carriers send modern aircraft to Prague whose operation is more environmentally friendly. I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank them for their responsible attitude”, Jiří Pos, Prague Airport Director and Chairman of the Board, summarized the results of the contest.

“This contest primarily aims at improving the quality of life and housing situation of Prague 6 residents near the Ruzyně airport. I’m glad the airlines whose aircraft land here are motivated to use new, quieter models. Our goal is to highlight those airlines that not only respect hygienic limits but are also considerate to citizens living in the proximity of the airport. It is a competition by means of which we try to award airlines for their effort to lower the noise generated by the aircraft and for modernization of their air fleets,” says Marie Kousalíková, Mayor of Prague 6.

“We’re very happy to have been successful in this independent project assessing the airlines’ environmental factors. We believe that “Orange is the new green”. Our aircraft is young and energy efficient – on average, they are only 3.9 years old and emit 27% less carbon dioxide than the same type of aircraft owned by other airlines operated on the same route. We do appreciate this award which only emphasize our long-term effort to fly with the cleanest and quietest aircraft,“ stated Verena Keimer, easyJet Marketing Manager for the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

Malév Hungarian Airlines very much appreciates this award, especially because it’s received it for the second time. It is proof of good work on part of our technicians in Budapest and the quality of Dash Q400 aircraft,” said Klára Chod, Sales Representative for ČR and SR.

Today’s ceremony also included the announcement of results of the II. year of the “Svět Letadel (Aircraft World)” contest. This time, children attending primary schools located in close proximity to the airport were supposed to make a picture about “People Working at the Airport”. 14 primary schools participated in the contest. The evaluation committee selected three best pictures from the large number of pictures submitted. Attractive prizes went to Eliška Běhounková, age12, from Roztoky Elementary School, David Bartoň, age 7, from Ruzyně Elementary and Nursery School and Matyáš Kornacki, age 10, from Jeneč Elementary and Nursery School. Roztoky Elementary and Nursery School, which sent the most interesting pictures,  was also awarded.

About Prague Airport:
In 2010, the airport handled 11.56 million passengers. In 2011, Letiště Praha won the Eagle Award from the IATA as the fastest developing airport in the world. Passengers will have access during the 2011/2012 winter season to 47 airlines connecting Prague directly with 96 destinations around the globe.

Media contact: 
Eva Krejčí
Media Spokesperson for Prague Airport
e-mail: eva.krejci@prg.aero
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