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Flanders Urged to Limit Flights at Brussels Airport, Prohibit Weekend Night Operations: Airport Faces Threat of Decline (Zaventem)

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 16, 2024
Flanders Urged to Limit Flights at Brussels Airport, Prohibit Weekend Night Operations: Airport Faces Threat of Decline (Zaventem)

The latest advice to the Flemish government regarding a new environmental permit for Brussels Airport includes striking conditions such as capping the number of flight movements and tightening restrictions on quiet weekend nights. The advice, issued by the regional environmental permit committee (GOVC), is considered crucial for the government’s decision-making process, which is expected to be finalized by the end of March.

The GOVC proposes issuing a “conditionally favorable” advice for a new environmental permit for Brussels Airport, with limitations on the total number of flight movements. The proposed ceiling of 234,000 flights by 2030 is lower than the airport operator’s expectations of around 240,000 flights by 2032. Additionally, restrictions on quiet weekend nights would be tightened to include both departing and landing flights between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on weekend nights from 2026 onwards.

Another notable aspect of the advice is the proposal to have the airport operator contribute 10 million euros annually towards reducing the Diabolo tax, which is charged to train passengers for using the railway tunnel under the airport. This financial support would aim to incentivize more people to travel to and from the airport by train.

The advice from the regional environmental permit committee was developed following a public inquiry and takes into account a variety of advice from different stakeholders. Flemish Minister of the Environment, Zuhal Demir, emphasized the importance of finding a balance between economic prosperity and environmental impact, with a focus on complying with nitrogen regulations.

Business organizations like Voka stress the significance of Brussels Airport as a vital economic hub and advocate for allowing the airport to grow along with the economy. The decision on the new environmental permit is expected to be made by March 29, taking into consideration the various factors outlined in the advice.

By Samantha Johnson

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