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Quieter flights are worthwhile / Further system approvals at BER

June 8, 2019 Airport No Comments Email Email

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH would like to reward the airlines at BER for quieter flight operations. For this, the airport charges regulations will be adjusted. 

Until now, the charges have been solely determined by the type of aircraft, each of which has been assigned a fixed noise class. In the future, the chosen flight procedure will play an important role for the charges. Extensive noise monitoring by the airport company has indeed shown that it is possible for each aircraft type to fly quieter or louder. Therefore, in future a quiet flight will be rewarded with lower charges in order to reduce the burden on nearby residents. The billing of each take-off and landing will be made on the basis of the actual measured noise.

The airport company will put up six additional measuring points for this and will fine-tune the noise charges. In future, there will be eleven noise classes instead of seven, which will be tiered in increments of two decibels (dB). Off-peak flights before 6:00am and after 11:00pm will also be subject to higher charges. For the airlines, this means that a flight with the same aircraft type could be much more expensive depending on the chosen flight operations and time of day. As a consequence, flights with noisy flight procedures in off-peak hours will be economically less attractive for airlines.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH:

Quieter flights will be worthwhile. We are creating an incentive for the airlines to both take the people in the airport’s vicinity into account and save money. Because of the high cost pressures in the industry, airlines will avoid loud flight operations and the expensive off-peak hours. If we want to be successful at BER, we cannot manage without the off-peak hours. In particular, the long-haul routes to America and Asia, which are important for the whole region, must have the opportunity to use off-peak hours”.

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