The Mediation service at Brussels Airport received nearly 90,000 complaints in 2014, an huge increase compared to 2013. That year, it received 9,770 complaints from people bothered by plane noise, the Echo revealed on Friday. The increase in complaints is due to the application of the Wathelet Plan. It appears it’s the residents of the communes that weren’t flown over before (Etterbeek, Auderghem, Watermael etc) that have most expressed their displeasure.
The moratorium of April 2nd meant some routes disappeared off the Wathelet plan. This meant the situation returned to that of the 6th of February 2014. The Brussels government has acquired two mobile sound level meters, which will be put in strategic places to better measure the effects of the moratorium.
The cabinet of the Mobility Minister Jacqueline Galant (MR) plans to reform the authority that handles complaints about plane noise at Brussels Airport again this year.