According to a study by a French Polytechnic college, cancelling flights between 10pm and 7am at Brussels Airport would only have a limited impact on airport traffic. Passenger traffic would go down by 1.4%, and cargo by 3.6%, L’Echo reported on Saturday. The study’s conclusions have been sent to the Mobility Minister, Jacqueline Galant (MR). According to the study, cancelling night flights would also save more than 100 million euros in healthcare a year. This is based on their estimate that 250,000 people have been affected by airplane noise. According to the data examined, Belgians spend around 4,000 euros a year on healthcare. The end of night flights would bring healthcare costs down by 10%.
Brussels Airport thinks cancelling night flights is not possible. “What would we do about the 20,000 direct flights and 40,000 indirect flights that go through the airport?”, they said.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)