Landuyt goes it alone in Zaventem dispute

18th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Federal Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt is tired of waiting and has drawn up a new flight dispersal plan for Zaventem Airport.

18 April 2006

BRUSSELS — Federal Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt is tired of waiting and has drawn up a new flight dispersal plan for Zaventem Airport.

The Socialist SP.A minister hopes the plan will meet the demands of a series of court rulings over the drawn-out noise pollution dispute.

The plan — to be officially unveiled later this week — was drawn up without discussions with the Flemish and Brussels governments.
 
But Minister Landuyt said a recent Council of State ruling gave him the authorisation to operate independently on this matter.

And he said the latest plans give a greater dispersal of flights, maximsing the spread of noise pollution around Zaventem within safety and flight capacity guidelines.

A recent court ruling compelled the government at the threat of fines to ensure an even spread of noise pollution around the airport. It gave the government until the end of this week to present the new plan.

However, discussions between the federal, Brussels and Flemish governments over new flight routes have been deadlocked for months and Landuyt has opted to take the initiative.

He hopes the dispersal plan will be sufficient until new legislation is approved by Parliament. The legislative bill will be lodged in parliament in June.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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