BER noise protection programme: Request for clarification submitted19.04.2012
The key objective of the planning permission decision is to prevent daytime interference in communication by observing an equivalent continuous sound level of 45 dB(A) inside closed buildings. According to the planning permission decision, this is achieved with speech intelligibility of 99 per cent. The airport's noise protection measures are designed to meet these specifications and ensure a continuous sound level of 45 dB(A). The term "regularly" is also specified in connection with exceeding the maximum sound level criteria of 55 dB(A) by introducing the NAT criteria 6 x 55 dB(A). This is in line with night-time noise protection specifications and puts daytime noise protection on a par with night-time noise protection in terms of the NAT criteria to be observed.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "Our noise protection programme offers BER neighbours a level of protection much higher than some airports. Our request for clarification is not a question of 'good or bad noise protection', it is about clarifying an obvious ambiguity in the planning permission decision." This lack of clarity in the planning permission decision will not affect the opening of the airport on 3 June 2012, as air traffic volumes are not expected to reach a level that would exceed the maximum sound level of 55 dB(A) more than once a day until 2015. It is now up to the Ministry of Infrastructure to review the request and reach a decision on how to proceed.