Flight paths specified for BER26.01.2012
Regarding the flight paths presented today by the Federal Air Traffic Controlling Office (BAF) for Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin Airports welcomes today's decision and prompt publication by the Federal Air Traffic Controlling Office (BAF) regarding flight paths for Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Accordingly, aircraft will take off from the north runway in a straight line and turn south from the south runway in both directions of take-off.
"Finally, we have some clarity", said Prof Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports. "Local residents know which flight paths the aircraft will take to and from BER. The concept presented today is also the result of the dedicated work of the Noise Abatement Commission and many citizens' initiatives, which have been constructive in keeping noise exposure in the region to a minimum." The Noise Abatement Commission will discuss the results in detail on Monday. Schwarz also emphasised the importance of using the knowledge gained from flight operations to continue developing the potential for optimisation, even after BER opens. In any case, as announced, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH will push ahead with and finance the study on the feasibility of the Munich Model for easterly take-offs.
Since the consensus decision in 1996, Berlin-Brandenburg's aviation policy has been to pursue a clear strategy: to close the inner-city airports Tegel and Tempelhof and expand Schoenefeld into one airport, namely Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt. The closure of the inner-city airports Tegel and Tempelhof and the concentration of traffic at BER are also regional milestones from an economic point of view and in terms of reducing noise pollution:
In 2004, 225,800 people in our region were affected by 55 dB(A) of noise from 15 million daytime passengers. In 2023, this figure will drop to 59,600 from twice as many passengers (source: 2006 State Development Plan on the Development of the Airport Location). A comprehensive noise protection programme will offer local residents extensive protection.