Noise protection: Pankow mobilizes for night flights

noise protection
:Pankow makes mobile for night flights

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    Stefanie Hildebrandt

Nocturnal aircraft noise is a burden for the residents.

Nocturnal aircraft noise is a burden for the residents.

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Paul Zinken / dpa

Berlin-Pankow –

Usually in the evening, but at the latest from 23 o’clock, peace in the sky over Pankow should stop. Postal flights, ambulance, the Federal Government’s readiness to fly and delayed scheduled flights may land at Tegel Airport between noon and 5.59 am, despite the ban on night flights.

But what is meant to be an exception seems to become a rule. At least that’s what the citizens’ initiative fears “Pankow says no to Tegel”. Last year, between 22:00 and 23:00, 4739 aircraft landed in Tegel, and by midnight, according to the statistics of the Aircraft Noise Commission, 547 more planes were flying. That’s an average of 14 machines per evening.

At the opening of the BER you do not want to wait inactive in Pankow

To prevent a erosion of the no-fly ban, the activists want to distribute 5000 sample letters. The Pankow only have to complete a few details and send the letter. So they urge the Supreme Aviation Authority to take action against nocturnal aircraft noise.

The leaflet initiative initiative is a first step. “We are in the process of preparing for the second step, ie discussing legal action with lawyers,” they say. At the opening of the BER you do not want to wait inactive in Pankow.

The Senate Administration, which is responsible for the aviation authority, states: “With the opening of BER Airport and the closure of Tegel Airport, far fewer people will be affected by aircraft noise in the future.”