Regarding today's Noise Abatement Commission meeting - Schwarz: "Continue minimising noise exposure"30.01.2012
The flight paths have been specified, the work of the Noise Abatement Commission continues. At today's committee meeting, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, highlighted ways of further minimising aircraft noise around Berlin Brandenburg Airport. "The noise balance will, of course, be positive for Berlin and Brandenburg when inner-city take-offs and landings are banished in June with the closure of Tegel Airport. However, we must work on ways to further minimise noise exposure around Berlin Brandenburg Airport", said Schwarz. These include the following:
Potential optimisations in future airport operations
Berlin Brandenburg Airport stepping up its noise protection programme
Schwarz also announced plans to step up the airport's noise protection programme. "15,000 completed applications have already been submitted and are thus ready for processing", said Schwarz. "12,000 local residents have already received cost reimbursement agreements and can have noise protection installed in their homes. We will send out the remaining 3,000 agreements in the weeks to come. We will also be more attentive to our neighbours' needs over the next few months and discuss any unresolved issues." Approx. 25,500 local residents in total are entitled to noise protection.
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH will re-examine the areas eligible for protection/compensation now that the final flight paths have been specified. "This may well lead to minor changes", said Schwarz. "As announced, based on the proposals submitted by the German air traffic control authorities (Deutsche Flugsicherung) on 04/07/2011, 150 new households in Dahlewitz are entitled to receive noise protection. These households were contacted and informed personally last Thursday. We will continue to actively seek dialogue with local residents over the next few weeks, in order to advise them on having noise protection installed as quickly as possible and with a minimum of bureaucracy.