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Heathrow Airport shames El Al as least eco friendly tenant

El Al HeathrowEl Al has been labelled as the most environmentally unfriendly of the 50 carriers to land at Heathrow Airport. The London airport’s just launched Fly Quiet and Clean rankings show the national flag carrier of Israel was marked down as the loudest of the airlines to use the airport.

El Al was also the worst offender when it came to harmful emissions. The other four airlines in the bottom five for emissions and noise were also from the Middle East or Asia. Kuwait Airways was 49th, Middle East Airlines was 48th, Pakistan International Airlines was 47th and Oman Airlines was 46th.

Heathrow began ranking airlines on how noisy they were four years ago as the campaign to add a third runway gathered pace. This league table was the first time the airport had combined fuel emissions to name and shame its worst eco-friendly tenants. The airport says it plans to carry on combining the two and will publish a new table every quarter.

Operating aircraft which are not eco-friendly does not come cheap. Along with higher fuel costs, Heathrow charges the worst offenders £9,000 each time one of their flights touches down. Director for sustainability Matt Gorman said Heathrow was doing its utmost to cut down on emissions from aircraft and ground-service vehicles.

Seemingly stung by the ignominy of propping up the foot of the Fly Quiet and Clean rankings, El Al has released a response saying it will be upgrading its fleet in the not-too-distant future.  The statement said the first of an order of Boeing Dreamliners was due to arrive later this year and its Boeing 747-400s would be mothballed by 2019.

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