One of Belgium’s airports is leading the way in noise reduction and improving the living comfort of local residents. Liège Airport is making changes to its fee structure aimed at encouraging airlines to use the most efficient aircraft and operate flights during the day.
Liège Airport has put together a fee structure that will reward airlines for using the most efficient aircraft and operating daytime flights. Like many airports, Liege Airport covers the landing of aircraft solely based on the weight expressed in tonnes and certified for each aircraft. There is no difference in fees depending on day or night flights (23:00 to 07:00) or the noise created by the plane.
But all that will change from January 2023, when a new fee structure will come into place. The proposed changes received unanimous support from the Board of Directors of Liege Airport on July 1. The airport’s CEO Laurent Jossart, said that the overhaul of fees is The airport wants to encourage airlines to operate more daylight flights, with more modern aircraft that display better acoustic performance.
He further added,
“Our philosophy is to encourage and not to prohibit. Tomorrow, day flights and modern aircraft with the best acoustic performance will pay less than today, while night flights of aircraft with poorer acoustic performance will pay up to 30% more than today.”
The changes are part of an environmental master plan that has been launched with 6 themes (reduction of CO2 emissions, water and soil quality, air quality, improved mobility, and care for biodiversity), including the reduction of noise pollution and improving the living comfort. of local residents.
About the airport
Liège Airport (LGG), also called Liège-Bierset, is primarily used for freight operation but also serves more than 20 destinations for passengers. The airport is located northwest of the city of Liège, in the east of Belgium. It is Belgium’s largest cargo airport and one of the largest cargo airports in Europe.
Connected by a network of excellent uncongested motorways, Liege Airport is less than a day’s drive from most major European cities. While focusing on air freight, Liege Airport can offer prices and facilities that much larger airports cannot match.
Advancement in aerospace technology has allowed the evolution of jets that are much quieter than their predecessors. Major airports are also increasingly sensitive to the needs of local residents by charging hefty fees for landing at odd hours.
Many airports are now finding ways to minimize the disruption caused to residents by aircraft during landing or take-off. For instance, Dublin Airport has implemented a noise management plan, which directs aircraft away from densely-populated and is adhered to by most departing aircraft ..
Spirit Airlines was recognized by Seattle port authorities for its use of aircraft with smaller noise footprints. Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying
Airlines, too, are doing their bit by opting for a more efficient fleet that is a lot less noisy. In May, Seattle port authorities praised the efforts of EVA Air, Frontier, and Spirit in their latest Fly Quiet Awards. EVA Airways was congratulated for having phased in its quieter Boeing 787 on late-night flights ahead of schedule, while Frontier and Spirit were commended for their use of aircraft with smaller noise footprints.
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