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Brussels fights aircraft noise

2 November 2004

BRUSSELS – A Brussels court has begun proceedings against the Belgian state, the company in charge of Brussels airport, and national air traffic control organisation Belgocontrol, it was reported on Tuesday.

The case was brought to the court by the Brussels region in a bid to cut noise levels from aircraft flying over the capital.

The Brussels minister for environment, Didier Gosuin, first introduced the case on 27 April.

It was launched against the controversial flight dispersion plan created by former federal transport minister Bert Anciaux.

Amid a clamour of protests, the plan spread flight paths around the city, causing Brussels residents to complain about increased aircraft noise.

The Brussels region is arguing that the plan does not respect a 1999 law on maximum levels of aircraft noise in Belgium.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news