More flights of silent planes fall the wrong way

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Lansingerland – Rotterdam The Hague Airport can expect more air traffic in the coming years. As long as the noise and emission standards are met, the number of flights to and from the airport may increase. Because the planes become quieter, there is room to allow more flights, that is the conclusion of the participation process. The resident representatives are not satisfied with the appearance of the Final Product (EPP). According to them, this EPP opens the door to more flying in the coming years and thus more nuisance for those who live in the immediate vicinity.

An important point of departure in the so-called ‘participation process’ is that nuisance for local residents will be reduced. After more than two years of consultation between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and various parties such as resident representatives and the municipality, a solution is on the table. The number of flights to and from the airport may increase in the coming years if the standard for noise nuisance and emissions is not exceeded. The planes will be quieter, which means more flights can be allowed. Participants in the participation process at Rotterdam The Hague Airport completed the process with an end product participation process (EPP). For Rotterdam Airport, this final product now forms the basis of its official application for an airport decision to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The EPP contains several proposals in the area of ​​nuisance reduction (noise), both during the night hours and at the edge of the night. According to the EPP, the starting point is less inconvenience for local residents. These are the suggestions below. The airport’s opening hours remain unchanged. The spatial noise contour shrinks so that the surrounding municipalities are not restricted in their housing construction task. There will be a separate area of ​​use for social traffic and other traffic. Night flights and space for position flights are decreasing. The ‘edges of the day’ are protected, that is, the number of take-offs and landings is frozen, and the use of older aircraft types is further discouraged. Any development space must be earned through nuisance reduction through fleet renewal of large commercial traffic and can only take place if other emissions do not increase and is possible between 09:00 and 21:00. The resident representatives for Schiedam and Lansingerland have stuck to the elements they would like to see reflected in a new airport decision for RTHA. It concerns a full night’s sleep for the local residents through a full night closure of eight consecutive hours, an extension and accident arrangement similar to the one agreed at Lelystad Airport, a reduction in the number of flights with large commercial traffic in the periods between . 9.00 and 21.00 and 23.00, actual reduction of inconvenience experienced by local residents, no obstacles to emergency social traffic (trauma + police) and always prioritized over holiday flights. According to the resident representatives, this is not the guiding principle of the EPP. EPP cannot therefore count on support from resident representatives and residents. During the participation process, the resident representatives took as their starting point the ‘right to rest’, so that those who live near the airport can live a comfortable and healthy life and experience less inconvenience from planes taking off and landing. The EPP does contain some proposals that could lead to improvements compared to the current permit, but because the number of flights may grow strongly in the coming years with the arrival of ‘silent aircraft’, overall there will be (a lot) more genes. “As resident representatives, we see the use of ‘quiet’ aircraft not as a solution for less nuisance, but as a cause of more nuisance. Such aircraft are not audibly quieter, but counting on ‘quieter’ leads to more flying and, on paper, less ‘serious nuisance’. The reality will be quite different for those living in the immediate vicinity in Schiedam, Lansingerland and North Rotterdam. The picture of growth with less inconvenience as outlined in this EPP therefore finds no support among us and the local residents we represent. I wish the councilors of Lansingerland much wisdom in formulating their views. Hopefully a point of view that clearly indicates that our councilors are committed to the housing and well-being of our residents, which the Council also indicated after the publication of the VPP (Provisional Participation Product)”, says resident representative Thea van de.
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