Wednesday, 11 February 2015
A new website, batc.be, launched by Belgocontrol and Brussels airport on Wednesday gives users real-time updates on air traffic at the national airport, and also shares data on use of landing strips and on noise readings. “We were regularly told we were not transparent enough. “We were regularly told we were not transparent enough. With this new tool, we want to explain in detail what we do,” pointed out Johan Decuyper, CEO of Belgocontrol.
“Local residents often ask Brussels Airport Company, Belgocontrol and the airport mediation department questions about landing strips and flight paths used,” adds Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company. “The new website allows us to make this information available quickly to everyone concerned.”
For security reasons, data is shared with a 30-minute delay for landing strips and a 60-minute delay for flights, which also helps protect military aircraft and police helicopters. Data will be available for up to 7 days.
As well as enabling visitors to follow various flights landing at or departing from Brussels Airport and check their flight paths, the website gives local residents a map of noise impact thanks to 21 sound level meters at Zaventem airport.
Jacqueline Galant, minister for Mobility, hopes that regrouping this data “supported by science” and from various sources, and making it easily accessible, will “take the heat out off” the debate on flight paths over Brussels.
Nothing similar is currently planned at Liege and Charleroi airports, pointed out Mr. Decuyper.