Brussels Airport: study pleads for ‘national noise law’
The French study bureau Envisa has published the second part of its report on the noise problems around Brussels Airport. Envisa pleads for an intergovernmental, harmonizing agreement over ‘a national noise law’.
“This should contain the same conditions and rules for everyone, to follow the right road to amelioration”, the bureau says. It’s the second part of their report, containing some guidelines and recommendations.
“We propose tested solutions for these problems so that they can ultimately lead to a more stable noise situation. It’s up to all parties concerned to put common welfare before regional or national political interests.” That’s the conclusion of Envisa.
Noise pollution will remain a problem around Brussels Airport. “There will always be winners or losers, whatever you propose. That’s why there has to be a federal supervisor, a new one or an existing one, that gets full authority. A settlement can’t be in the hands of one minister.”
That’s why the playfield has to be common for all airports, for all stakeholders. “An obvious and very important problem is the opaque, uncoordinated, parcelled and biased creation of regulations. All politically concerned should come with a common statement about the best possible solution.”
“We think this report can be a good base for decisions to be made by the next government”, says Jasper Pillen, spokesman of the federal minister of Mobility François Bellot. The study is just in time, because a law court obliged the federal government to have a report ready for the 3rd of June.
No night flights
Last but not least the report also states that night flights have to be avoided as much as possible. “It would have a very positive effect on regaining the confidence of the local inhabitants. Many European airports with a similar situation and character totally ban night flights. But it’s the politicians who have to decide.”