Following the opening of the new runway at Frankfurt Airport in October 2011, the quality of life has been significantly reduced due to noise and pollutant emissions in the Rhine-Main region. A simultaneously introduced night-flight restriction (restriction between 11 p. m. and 5 a. m.; however, landing is permitted between 11 p. m. and midnight if there is a delay which does not already result from the flight plan design) has brought a relief, but the restriction is increasingly being softened by more and more landing aircraft between 11 p.m. and midnight. The low-cost airline Ryanair, which has been based in Frankfurt since last year, is particularly noticeable here.
Not only Frankfurt is affected by increasing violations of night flight restrictions, but also Hamburg Airport, as can be seen in the mail below. There, the low-cost airline easyJet stands out with violations of the rules. Are increasing violations of night-flight restrictions – especially by low-cost airlines – being registered at other airports? Our working group would be pleased to receive your feedback.
A current graphic of flights during night-time at Frankfurt Airport: (click to enlarge)