Berlin Airports’ noise protection programme05.08.2011
Today, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, chief executive officer of Berlin Airports, presented a cheque for €526,835.95 to the mayor of the municipality of Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Ortwin Baier. The money is to be used for the newbuild day care centre for children at Jühnsdorfer Weg. As the municipality will be closing the day care centres “Waldhaus”, “Wirbelwind” and “Zwergstübchen” before the new airport opens, Berlin Airports is not legally obliged to pay any compensation, but the two parties agreed on a lump sum compensation.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, chief executive officer of Berlin Airports: “Our contribution will allow the children in the day care centre to be given additional protection against aircraft noise, protection that extends beyond what is legally required. We are very happy to have reached this good and satisfactory solution with the town’s representatives. We take our responsibility to our youngest neighbours very seriously indeed.”
Ortwin Baier, mayor of Blankenfelde-Mahlow: “The newbuild of our daycare centre is an important signal for the future of our town and community. For our children this is an especially important day. We are delighted that we will be able to equip the new centre with the very best in noise protection, with the help of Berlin Airports.”
Court cases and current status: noise protection for special facilities
Noise protection for the special facilities is making excellent progress: to date, the operators of 37 of the 50 facilities that are entitled to noise protection have submitted applications, and agreements have been reached for 29 facilities between the operator and Berlin Airports.
At five facilities the noise protection measures have been completed, and for a further 15 they will be completed by the end of the year. Expenditure on and the value of agreed structural noise protection in the special facilities currently totals €6 million.
Special facilities in Blankenfelde-Mahlow
The new Airport Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt is the most important project for the future of the region. The closure of the inner-city airports and the concentration of air traffic on the new airport BER will lead to a massive reduction in airport noise for the region: in 2004, with an annual total of 15 million passengers, 225,800 people in the region were exposed to a continuous daytime noise level of 55 dB(A). In 2023, with double the number of passengers, this number will have been reduced to only 59,600 (source: Regional Development Plan of Airport Site Development, 2006).