Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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.