Zaventem sets new flight plan to avoid fines

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2005, BRUSSELS – The federal government has adopted a new takeoff and landing plan for Zaventem airport to northeast of Brussels in an effort to avoid aircraft nuisance fines.

19 April 2005

BRUSSELS – The federal government has adopted a new takeoff and landing plan for Zaventem airport to northeast of Brussels in an effort to avoid aircraft nuisance fines.

Agreement was reached on the plan at a committee meeting on Monday, according to Belgian media reports.

It foresees changes in takeoff and landing schedules at Zaventem and the adoption of a new legal framework regulating night flights.

"The plan of dispersion has been changed in a good direction for everyone and these measures are in conformity with (Belgian law)", said Transport Minister Renaat Landyut.

The cabinet of Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx referred to as “magical measures” that would find favour in l’Oostrand, east of Brussels, Noordrand, north of the Belgian capital, and Brussels itself.

But UBCNA, the Belgian union against airplane nuisances, slammed the agreement as “a bad decision” that does little to ease the ongoing concerns of local residents vis-à-vis noise pollution.

The potential fines faced by the Belgian government would be based on last court's court victory in favour of 64 residents of suburbs located near the airport’s eastern periphery.

The court judged the use of a particularly short runway, known as runway 02, “dangerous” and “illicit”.

The new system of fines was approved by an appellate court in March and goes into effect on 27 April. Federal authorities face a EUR 25,000 fine for each landing or infraction of the new law.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject : Belgian news

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