Night-time flight judgement a ‘signal’ for airport residents

April 17, 2012

Germany’s federal administrative court has ruled that the ban on night-time flights at Frankfurt airport is legal. The ban on all flights from 23.00 to 05.00 came into effect in October, despite opposition from Lufthansa which said the ban could damage Frankfurt’s status as the seventh-largest cargo handling airport in the world.

The German Green MEP Michael Cramer said: ‘This judgement sends a clear signal to all those suffering from airport noise – that the profits of airlines, which largely stem from state aid through an absence of fuel tax and value-added tax, should not be earned at the cost of violating a minimum level of protection from noise for those living near airports.’

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