Charleroi night flight ban quashed
2 April 2004, BRUSSELS – As widely expected, the Walloon parliament has overturned a ban on night flights out of Charleroi airport, it was reported on Friday.
2 April 2004
BRUSSELS – As widely expected, the Walloon parliament has overturned a ban on night flights out of Charleroi airport, it was reported on Friday.
The parliament voted to allow flights in and out of the south Belgian airport between 6.30am and 11pm.
The move means the airports main customer, low-cost airline Ryanair will not have to cancel or seriously re-schedule any of its Charleroi flights.
Earlier this week a local court ruled that aircraft would be banned from taking off and landing at Charleroi between 10pm and 7am. If the airport did not respect the decision it would be fined EUR 10,000 for every aircraft that made an illegal night flight, the court added.
The ruling followed complaints from local residents about aircraft noise.
But local politicians immediately criticised the decision as it would have forced Ryanair to cancel six flights in and out of Charleroi.
The airline has already has already said it will reduce its activities at the south Belgian airport and later this month it will stop flying between Charleroi and London.
The local politicians were worried that the court ruling could push the airline to pull out of Charleroi altogether.
Charleroi airport currently employs 700 people directly and a further 3,000 local jobs depend on it. Without Ryanair, many of these jobs would be threatened.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Belgian news