Madrid airport ordered to reduce noise level
The airport authority will have to lower the noise and compensate the five residents who lodged the complaint.12 November 2008
MADRID - Spain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Madrid's Barajas airport is to lower its noise level.
The court accepted an appeal against a ruling by a lower court, which had found the noise level tolerable. The complaint was lodged by five residents of Ciudad Santo Domingo, located 18 kilometres from the airport.
The locality had been overflown by about 56,500 airplanes, some of which were flying under the recommended altitude of 655 metres for 2.5 years between 2002 and 2004.
The airport authority AENA had to find a way to reduce noise and to pay each of the plaintiffs EUR 6,000 in damages, the court said in the ruling, which was described as unprecedented in Spain.
[dpa / Expatica]