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The number of night flights in Zurich reached an all-time high

are not started at the Zurich airport, so many planes during the night, and landed as of 2018. Between 22 and 6 o'clock, a total of 13’558 movements were counted are ten per cent more than in the previous year. Even more strongly increased, namely to 15 percent, the number of movements during the night lock-up period, which begins at 23 o'clock. She has, for the first time exceeded the mark of 3,000. This is evident from the new Zurich airport report, the President of the government of Carmen Walker Friday Späh presented today. The Canton of Zurich is the main shareholder of Zurich airport AG.

the reason for the all-time high, the fact that the airport is putting more and more regular flights in the first hour of the night from 22 PM to 23 PM according to the report. Although this is allowed for take-offs to 22:45 PM for landings until at 22:55, it this will result in more delays that need to be removed afterwards.

The blue curve shows the number of flights from 22 PM to 23 PM (scale on the right), the red those of flights between 23 PM and 23.30 PM (scale on the left). Graphics: member of the cantonal government of the Canton of Zurich

The Federal office for civil aviation (Foca) would have seen it, when regular flights would only be scheduled until 22:30, the steady increase in nighttime air traffic to stop. Therefore, it wanted to know from the airport, what would be the consequences of a forward.

This keeps the economic damage, but for too large, as he pointed out this summer, with reference to a study. Several long-distance connections should therefore be deleted, especially those of the domestic airlines, Swiss and Edelweiss (click here to read more about the study).

Less noisy aircraft pay off

Due to the "growing number" of night-time flight movements, the progress of the noise had been made "unfortunately," protection destroyed, it means in the new airport report. The number of during the day by aircraft noise disturbed individuals has decreased significantly, those of the rose disturbed in the night strong in the bedroom but.

The aircraft noise index: The green bar stands for the tags on strongly from the noise disturbed people, the yellow for those that are disturbed in the night strong. The gray bar shows the values for 2017, if you had already calculated with the new, less noisy aircraft types.

Overall, were disturbed by 2018 with a good 60’000 people. Although these are still significantly more than it should be, at most, because the indicative value is 47’000, it means an improvement compared to the previous year, as it 65’000. Has been achieved this according to the report, mainly because of the noise calculation for the first time, it was considered that modern aircraft types are a good bit quieter. In particular, the Swiss have invested a lot in such models, this make now paid.

Hope for improvements

However, this success is put into perspective: If the noise pollution would have already been in 2017 due to the new types of aircraft are calculated, do not have the total number of people affected 2018, but increased. In short: In the case of a uniform calculation of the number of people Affected continues to grow. Although this development is deplored in the report, you will not be charged to the applicable operating hours of the airport in question. To trust rather to the fact that already adopted measures to improve the safety "of the potential to avoid delays and thus to a reduction in the number of flights after 22 o'clock" in.

Created: 06.12.2019, 09:00 PM

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