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Category Name: Airports

Health risks caused by environmental noise

More than 100 million people in Europe are exposed to harmful levels of environmental noise pollution. Long-term exposure to environmental noise contributes to 48 000 new cases of heart disease and 12 000 premature deaths every year in Europe. In addition, 22 million people suffer chronic high annoyance, and 6.5 million suffer chronic high sleep […]

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Support for airlines is bottomless pit

The Dutch government recently presented a new Aviation Bill. It led to massive criticism because it is entirely based on growth without asking how much aviation does the Netherlands actually need. So we present an alternative vision that will not destroy the economy, but that benefits everyone.

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Video: The Elephant in the Room

Dutch citizens have made a video about aviation policy in the Netherlands. The government is ignoring the public interests of residents living near Schiphol with regard to liveability, health, safety and climate. The policy is always aimed at the growth of the private airline company KLM. Schiphol is primarily a transfer airport.

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The impact of COVID-19 on aviation

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the global economy and, in particular, large parts of the aviation industry to an unprecedented extent. Especially with a view to air traffic, there is controversial discussion whether and, if so, to what extent, in addition to the immediate consequences of the crisis, structural changes are triggered and / or […]

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Belgium must pay residents near airport

The Belgian government must pay compensation to residents of Brussels Airport for ‘unlawful use of a runway’. About three hundred residents of villages near the airport had brought a lawsuit because they were inconvenienced by the use of runway 01 (formerly runway 02/20) and some of them now receive compensation of at least 30,000 euro. […]

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State aid to KLM flows to oil traders and Irish tax haven

To survive the corona crisis, Air France-KLM will receive a billion-dollar injection. Why actually? Ties Joosten followed the money trail and ended up in Ireland, where a handful of companies earn billions from planes that are not currently flying. (summary of a Dutch article in Follow The Money, April 30, 2020) No kerosene, but pay […]

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Russian citizens ask UECNA for help

Yesterday was a historic day for UECNA. Our European cooperation already had transatlantic connections, including via the EANS noise measurement system. For the first time in our 50th anniversary, we are in contact with a Russian group that is greatly affected by the changed runway use at Moscow. We have assured them through an video […]

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Court: 3rd runway at Heathrow is illegal

Big news. The Court of Appeal – the second highest court in the land – ruled that, as it stands, Government policy on the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow is illegal. This is because when drawing up the National Policy Statement on Airports, which is the official document used to give Heathrow permission to draw […]

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