Letter to Thomsonfly
Thomsonfly Ltd Luton (1),
UK, Wigmore House, Wigmore Place, Wigmore Lane, Luton Bedfordshire LU2
Telephone +44 2476 282828
Att : Flights Management and CEO Mr.
Tuesday April 18th 2006
Tui AG - TUI AG Group Airlines (Mrs. Ilona Schulz-Müller), Jetairfly (Günther
Hofman), Flemish minister for the Environment, Members of the Flemish
Parliament, Mayor of Ostend, Ostend Press,
On behalf of NPA WILOO (action group
impact Ostend Airport on the environment) we strongly want to protest
against the endless
training flights of your
airplane G-THOF at Ostend airport on April 18th ‘06 from
12:30 till 19:00 hrs GMT. During that period nearly every 5 minutes,
residents of the city of Ostend with thousands of them living only a few
hundred yards from the end of runway 08, thousands of shoppers in the
nearby shopping centres, hundreds of students trying to study, were
overflown by your B737-3Q8 spreading noise and pollution…
Why is Thomsonfly not exercising in
the UK? or, for example, at an ideal place for training flights, the
French “Vatry Airport” (http://www.vatry.com/living/s_training.html)
were nobody is living in the neighbourhood? Why, of all places, does
Thomsonfly choose Ostend-Bruges Airport?
With so much people living, working,
(trying to) study under an approach path with a very low factual flight
level, training flights drive some of them crazy.
In the past we have asked the Mayor of
Ostend to support us against these types of exercises. He is in full
support of our stance, and totally disagrees with the exercises above
his city. Please take note that not only a small number, but most of the
people of Ostend and their Mayor, disapprove! If necessary we’ll start a
petition action against TUI flights to prove our case.
During the 6,5 hours of LTO movements
your plane must have spread some 2 tons of NOx, 315 tons of CO2, 250
kg’s of CO, 70 kg’s of hydrocarbon, 3 kg’s of “particulate matter” (PM)
and 100 kg’s of SO2 in an already heavily polluted city area!
May we have an explanation why these
exercises have to take place at Ostend-Bruges Airport for such a long
period of time?
NPA WILOO will take all legal actions
(press, political…) to fight this arrogant pestering and polluting of
our residential areas.
For NPA WILOO