Noise from the airplanes at Brussels Airport has led to 71,441 complaints between February and the end of October. If we add those for November, we get 81,141 complaints from residents, says L’Echo. According to the Mobility Minister Jacqueline Galant, the Wathelet plan has meant an explosion in complaints from people bothered by the noise. This means that between the 6th of February (when the infamous left turns were put in place, the cause of Brussels resident’s unhappiness, as well as flight crossing on the Canal route) and the 31st of October, the airport’s mediation service has received a total of 71,441 complaints. In 2013, it received 9,770 complaints for the whole year.
The decision by the new government to impose a moratorium (ending the 6th of February measures) has appeased the residents of the most affected communes. In fact, the number of complaints has fallen from 15,000 to 17,000 a month to 9,700 in November.