Austrian higher court approves construction of 3rd runway at Vienna Airport, refused on climate & noise grounds in Feb 2017
The Supreme Administrative Court in Austria has approved construction of a 3rd runway at Vienna Airport. The court overturned appeals made by local residents and environmental groups on the basis of noise complaints and environmental impact of the runway. Opponents had successfully argued that noise would be a problem across urban Vienna. Also that it could not be justified on climate change grounds. But the airport appealed – and has now won. It says the noise will not be a problem as there will not be landings over the Vienna city area during normal operations, and it aims at “decreasing noise pollution in the area.” There are the usual claims that it will “reduce delays, fuel consumption, and noise by abolishing allotment patterns and queued aircraft during peak hours”. Back in February 2017 a court said the increased greenhouse gas emissions for Austria would cause harm and climate protection is more important than creating other jobs. Also that the ability of the airport to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by its own measures were not sufficient, and emissions would rise too much. All now forgotten, it seems. Making money trumps climate stability.
Austria court approves construction of third runway at Vienna Airport
20.3.2019 (Airport Technolog)
The Supreme Administrative Court (VwGH) in Austria has approved construction of a third runway at Vienna International Airport.
The court overturned appeals made by local residents and environmental groups on the basis of noise complaints and environmental impact of the third runway.
In their complaints, the citizens’ groups alleged that noise will be caused due to the landing of additional aircraft, especially in landings that cross the urban area of Vienna.
The VwGH clarified that the third runway is not intended for landings over the Vienna city area during normal operations, and it is aimed at decreasing noise pollution in the area.
The management board of Flughafen Wien, the company which manages Vienna Airport, welcomed the verdict of the VwGH.
Flughafen Wien management board members Julian Jäger and Günther Ofner said: “Today is an important and positive day, not only for Austria as a business and tourism location. An overly long process has come to a positive and incontestable decision.
“This decision ensures the long-term growth perspectives and competitiveness, not only for Vienna Airport but for the Austrian economy, industry, tourism and labour market.”
The third runway is important for the future of Vienna International Airport, as it will reduce delays, fuel consumption, and noise by abolishing allotment patterns and queued aircraft during peak hours.
The airport said that it will now examine the court decision and provide information about the next steps in the near future.
Vienna Airport welcomed an increase in passenger numbers of just fewer than 11% for 2018 to 27 million. The airport expects to welcome more than 30 million travellers this year.
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