10/01/2013

Next week the TV programme T.T.C. will be at the airport

Next Monday, 7 October, the "money" programme T.T.C. will be at the airport to investigate its success.


We all know that Geneva airport makes lots of money for the state of Geneva, and that it continues to expand in terms of passengers per year. However, very many of us are subject to the various nuisances that come with the increasing traffic. It will be interesting to see if the airport director, who will surely not miss this occasion to talk on TV about his airport, will be able somehow to convince us that there will be less nuisances in the future.

image003.pngOne aspect which ARAG particularly cares about is the increasing number of night flights. A complaint to the airport about the fact of allowing the last flight of TAP from Lisbon to Geneva to be scheduled to arrive at 11h35 pm was summarily rejected with a weak excuse about it needing to come here in order to leave the following morning. ARAG predicted that it would not infrequently be late, and our prediction has been shown to be true: in the last four day this flight has landed after midnight three times. Also, coming from the Iberian region, whenever it is really late it is routed in directly over the long-suffering inhabitants of Vernier.

Another complaint of ARAG is that of the relatively large number of unscheduled business jets which take off after 11 pm, and which are heard (by airport neighbours) but not seen (on any public departure board). Last night, 30 September, a Falcon 7X business jet took off at 11h25 pm, making as much, or more, noise than three scheduled Airbus A319 flights which departed between 10 pm and 11 pm. Who knows when it was scheduled, where it was going and who was on it: secret de défence! What we do know is that it would have paid the enormous late night noise surcharge: 200 Swiss Francs (as opposed to the arrivals, which paid nothing!).

What is interesting about this Falcon is that after being in Geneva for three days it left without indicating any call-sign (a not infrequent anonymity case). It is perhaps even more interesting that its American aircraft registration is N7X. OK, all American registrations begin with an N, but to add "7X" to that, for a Falcon 7X aircraft is a pretty good indicator that whoever registered it had either an immense amount of luck or a lot of money and/or influence.

I wonder who was on it!

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