Brussels city council calls for change in Zaventem flight paths

Summary

Nearly all parties agree that the changes made in February to flight paths out of Brussels Airport have decreased the quality of life for residents of the capital

“Chaos in Brussels airspace”

Brussels city council has called on federal transport secretary Melchior Wathelet to change flight paths into and out of Brussels Airport. The routes were changed on 6 February to spread the aircraft over a wider zone, but the result is that more aircraft are flying over densely populated areas of Brussels.

The motion submitted to the secretary of state was signed by a large majority from almost all Brussels parties. It called on Wathelet to hold new discussions on flight routes and select routes that went over the least populated areas around the airport.

The motion also pressed the minister to set up an independent body to control flight paths, ban flights between 23.00 and 07.00 and require airlines to pay into a fund to provide sound insulation for homes affected by aircraft noise.

Brussels environment minister Evelyne Huytebroeck sharply criticised Wathelet’s plan earlier this month. “His plan for spreading out flight paths has caused chaos in Brussels airspace,” she said. “This was a disastrous political decision that has had a negative impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Brussels residents.”   

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