News Stories, posted January/February 2015

News Stories

An interesting video of the problems caused by new concentrated flight paths in Phoenix in America: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/faas-new-flight-paths-spark-noise-complaints …

At Munich airport, in 2007 there were around 432,000 flights; in 2012 around 398,000; in 2013 around 382,000.  So the case for a 3rd runway is getting much weaker.

There has been an agreement at Schiphol which will allow the airport to increase flights using it each year to 550,000 in the years after 2020 providing noise reduction measures are in place http://www.telegraaf.nl/t/23614670 

In April measures will be trialled to give some of the Frankfurt residents periods of relief from aircraft noise http://www.fr-online.de/flughafen-frankfurt/laermpausen-frankfurt-wird-entlastet,2641734,29688854.html …

The aviation industry the fifth biggest lobbyist in the EU http://lobbyfacts.eu/news/29-01-2015/finance-industry-uks-biggest-lobbyist-brussels … It spent €1,250,000 lobbying the European Parliament last yr

The European Union  wasted money on 8 Spanish airports which are likely to flop commercially http://murciatoday.com/san-javier-named-among-spanish-airports-on-which-eu-investment-has-been-wasted_23960-a.html#.VK-IfFJ9NFx.twitter …

The numbers disturbed in the UK by aircraft noise has doubled in last decade from 1 million people to 2 million: http://hacan.org.uk/?p=2858 

Over 700,000 people affected by aircraft noise in Germany http://www.airportzentrale.de/problem-fluglaerm-wird-in-deutschland-immer-kleiner/37347/ …

An interesting video (in French), on YouTube (8+mins) showing the effect of aircraft noise on the body during sleep.  It shows that, even if you are not woken up by the planes, your health can suffer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKX7kpJBLiA&feature=youtu.be …

A petition calling for a night time curfew at Auckland Airport in New Zealand http://www.petitions24.com/institute 

A resident’s’story: the constant noise of living under a flight path 15 miles from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. http://youtu.be/kkv6nFl9jno 

The Dutch are to publish details of Schiphol air traffic near-misses shortly after they happen.  They becomes first country to release the information in this way: http://on.ft.com/1svkgLf 

In January there were co-ordinated demonstrations against aircraft noise yesterday when protesters occupy terminals at both Frankfurt and Hamburg https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.501617886643087.1073741834.400567306748146&type=1 …

Where are the biggest markets for low-cost airlines? http://econ.trib.al/vXuauwo  #econarchive (2013)

The bus is faster, cheaper, less complicated – yet the Austrian airline Fly Niki is now offering a flight between Vienna and Bratislava.

Much of world’s fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change, study says http://gu.com/p/44jzm/stw