Residents around 6 Dutch airports set up new group opposing aviation expansion

The people living around 6 Dutch airports joined forces to fight against what they consider the undesirable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. On Tuesday they established a national residents’ council on aviation called LBBL (National Residents’ Council on Aviation  – in Dutch Landelijk Bewonersberaad Luchtvaart).  It is calling on the government to prioritise the health of people, the environment and the climate in their plans for aviation in the country. They want train connections with competitive prices, that will make short European flights unnecessary. The LBBL was formed by residents associations from areas around Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Lelystad Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Groningen Airport Eelde. LBBL already has a first action day planned – on June 23rd, with a national protest against aviation growth in various cities across the Netherlands.
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RESIDENTS AROUND DUTCH AIRPORTS START NEW INTEREST GROUP

By Janene Pieters

May 15, 2018

The people living around six Dutch airports joined forces to fight against what they consider the undesirable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. On Tuesday they established a national residents’ council on aviation called LBBL, ANP reports.

The council calls on the government to prioritize the health of people, the environment and the climate in their plans for aviation in the country. The residents want airlines to reduce their CO2 emissions, like many other companies are already doing. And they call for train connections with competitive prices that will make short European flights unnecessary.

The LBBL was formed by residents associations from areas around Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Lelystad Airport, Maastricht Aachen Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Groningen Airport Eelde. LBBL already has a first action day planned. On June 23rd, there will be a national protest against aviation growth in various cities across the Netherlands.

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is debating the future of Schiphol and Lelystad Airport with Ministers Wopke Hoekstra of Finance and Cora van Neiuwenhuizen of Infrastructure on Tuesday. The current plan is for Lelystad to take over a number of Schiphol’s holiday flights, in an effort to relieve pressure and allow further growth at the busy Amsterdam airport.

https://nltimes.nl/2018/05/15/residents-around-dutch-airports-start-new-interest-group

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Protest at Lelystad airport (Netherlands) about its expansion, to take holiday flight pressure off Schiphol

Several hundred activists demonstrated at Lelystad Airport  in the Netherlands, against the planned expansion of the airport. They had placards, banners and horns to blast noise. Lelystad is scheduled to take over flights from Schiphol as of April 2019, when its runway extension opens. It will be taking some of the pressure off Schiphol, acting as an extra runway for holiday flights to European destinations. Local people are very worried that the 25,000 flights per year will cause a significant noise burden, and many people are horrified about the noise threat which they could not have anticipated years ago when they bought their homes. The protesters want the weather and environmental impacts re-calculated. There are due to be discussions with government agencies on flight path routes. In October 2017 the government admitted there had been errors in calculating the amount of noise, or how much noise each plane makes, but did not expect the errors to affect the chosen flight path routes or the airport opening in 2019.  A petition in September got 68,000 signatures, and while a huge number of people oppose the plans, some welcome the more convenient holiday flights the move to Lelystad would allow.    

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2017/11/protest-at-lelystad-airport-netherlands-about-its-expansion-to-take-holiday-flight-pressure-off-schiphol/

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