Court Upholds Night
Time Flight Ban At Frankfurt Airport
By Shane Nolan
April 15, 2012 - The decision by the Federal
Administrative Court in Leipzig to uphold a night-time
flight ban at Frankfurt Airport will damage one of the
world’s premier gateways for international trade and
harm the local and national economy, says the Chairman
of The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA)
Industry Affairs Committee.
Despite strong industry protests, the court’s decision means the ban on flights at Frankfurt between 2300hrs and 0500hrs will remain in force. The court also reduced the number of flights permitted one hour before and one hour after the night-time period.
Frankfurt am Main Airport, or simply Frankfurt Airport, known in German is a major international airport located in Frankfurt, Germany, 7.5 miles southwest of the city center.
transport company Fraport, Frankfurt Airport is by far the
busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third
busiest in Europe (after London Heathrow Airport and
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport) and the ninth busiest worldwide
in 2011. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2011 was 56.4
winter 2011/2012, Frankfurt Airport serves the most
international destinations in the world, serving 275
destinations in 111 countries and is the second busiest airport
in Europe by cargo traffic. The southern side of the airport
ground was home to the Rhein-Main Air Base, which was a major
air base for the United States from 1947 until 2005, when the
air base was closed and the property was acquired by Fraport.
previously warned of the potential economic and environmental
damage that would result from the night-time flight ban, a prime
time for freighter movements that support fast deliveries of
essential products throughout the day once they leave the
Association said restricting freighter movements would reduce
future investment by companies at Frankfurt airport and could
lead to job losses. It also warned of a negative impact on the
environment from greater trucking operations if all-cargo
airlines were forced to use other airports. Consumers can also
expect higher prices for everyday items due to high supply chain
costs, TIACA said.
Chair of TIACA’s Industry Affairs Committee, said: “We are extremely
disappointed by the decision to uphold the night-time ban. Slots are a
major battle ground for airlines at major airports across the globe and
in recent years to satisfy the requirements of passengers, all-cargo
operations have been pushed into the hours of the day, and usually the
night, when passengers don’t want to fly.
The air cargo industry has adapted to this and made it work. Today, night-time cargo flights are part of a seamless supply chain that means consumers and businesses can plan their stock levels and production schedules with confidence. This is now at risk.
businesses, industry and members of the public start to understand how
much they rely on air cargo, the danger is that the decision made in
Frankfurt could be repeated at other major gateways. If this happens,
it’s not only the air cargo that will suffer: local communities around
those airports and national economies will also pay a higher price, both
financially and environmentally.”
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