Wednesday, April 4, 2012

German Court Upholds Restrictions on Night Flights

The German Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) has upheld a lower court's ruling prohibiting flights from landing at Frankfurt Airport between 11pm and 5am. See Chris Bryant, Night Flight Ruling Hits Lufthansa, Financial Times, April 4, 2012 (available here). The court also lowered the cap on flights permitted during the hours immediately before and after the night time no-fly period. These restrictions provide neighboring residents a respite from the noise created by landing aircraft, but do so at the expense of Lufthansa's profitability. The Federal Administrative Court is the highest German court with jurisdiction over this dispute, so the ruling will not be appealed. The text of the ruling is available (in German) here.

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The German Federal Administrative Court might have found evidential matters that made it support the ruling of the lower court. The neighboring residents will now have a good night sleep. A planes noise is really annoying specially when someone wants to rest. I am now wondering what Lufthansa will do after this decision from the court.

James David teaches people how to buy single engine airplanes & has a passion for the Cessna 177

Posted by: James David | Apr 5, 2012 7:08:43 AM

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