IATA Calls For Brussels Night Flight Ban to be Scrapped

IATA Calls For Brussels Night Flight Ban to be Scrapped
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for the night flight ban at Brussels Zaventem Airport to be scrapped.

The Balanced Approach explicitly states that flight restrictions should be applied as a last resort only after a detailed consultation and cost-benefit analysis and when the noise benefits to be gained from other possible measures of the Balanced Approach have been exhausted.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

IATA: Engage in Meaningful Consultation Regarding Brussels…

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Commenting on this was Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional VP for Europe:

“The noise concerns of the community around Brussels airport must be heard, but it is profoundly unfortunate that Minister Gilkinet has attempted to circumvent the Balanced Approach, which is the long-accepted and successful international process for managing airport noise impacts.”

“The Balanced Approach specifically helps to mitigate noise while protecting the benefits of air connectivity for the economy and community both near the airport and across Belgium as a whole, not least in terms of thousands of jobs.”

“It is vital that the government scrap this proposal and instead engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders”.

IATA goes on to argue that cargo flights are the most affected by the night flight ban in Brussels Airport, with Belgium being known for having strong pharmaceutical exports as well.

This will affect on flights bound for areas such as Africa, which is an area of the fastest economic growth in the world.

All eyes will be on IATA to see if they can get the Balanced Approach EU law changed or removed to ensure that Brussels enjoys the full benefits of post-pandemic economic growth.

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