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Frankfurt aviation sector condemns provincial government's noise ceiling


Carriers operating out of Frankfurt Europe biggest air cargo hub have warned new provincial noise restrictions risk damaging the airport's competitiveness, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The Hessian provincial Ministry of Economy and Transport plans noise ceilings, which the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) described as "incomprehensible".
"The plans regarding noise ceilings are jeopardising the role of Frankfurt and Germany as important aviation locations," said the BARIG statement.
"The consequence of further restrictions would be that airlines have to evaluate more critically than before whether Frankfurt remains to be part of their network in the future.
"In comparison with other European countries Germany already has to cope with expensive and disadvantageous framework conditions. Noise ceilings would further increase the pressure.
"The clear menace is that airlines might avoid Frankfurt in their plans for the future. Passenger flow and flow of goods would both change drastically - with obvious negative effects on jobs, companies and not least the profitability of the airport itself.
"Airports in neighbouring European countries would naturally benefit from such a development," said BARIG.
BARIG added that airlines had already made moves to reduce the noise generated by flights through the use of modern and more quiet aircraft and the voluntary implementation of noise breaks.
Airport operator Fraport argued that it had already made investments and made plans for a third terminal and that this had been approved by Germany's highest court and already included noise protection measures.

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