Heathrow’s best and worst airlines are being named (and in some cases shamed) thanks to a new ranking table created to monitor environmental performance

The ‘Fly Quiet and Clean League Table’ will hold the airport’s 50 busiest airlines to account every three months with ratings based on their emissions – the table will show a red/amber/green rating for seven noise and emissions criteria including night-time flying between 2330 and 0430. Initial data showed that 24 out of the 50 were failing in at least one of the seven categories. With a final score between 0 and 1000 British Airways’ short-haul operation came top with 953, with Aer Lingus and Etihad following close behind in second and third place respectively. El Al was the worst performer with a score of 362 whilst other Middle East airlines dominated the bottom of the table.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Director of Sustainability, said: “While the main contributor to local pollution remains road traffic, Heathrow is playing its part to improve air quality by reducing emissions from its vehicles, buildings and aircraft. We are excited to add a whole new dimension to the league table and have another tool to help airlines to reduce their impact on air quality. Together, we can play our part to improve our local environment and help the UK and London governments meet their air quality targets.”

By publishing the table each quarter, Heathrow aims to recognise good performance, provide airlines with regular feedback, and identify specific areas to be targeted for improvement. The airport will also engage with airlines showing red results in the latest league table to improve their rating.

To view the performance table click here