Frankfurt airport protesters sleep in the airport terminal – as it is too noisy at home

Dozens of protesters at Frankfurt have held a sleep-in at the Departures Terminal at Frankfurt airport. Their protest is against the aircraft noise, which is causing an intolerable situation, and they say they cannot sleep in their own homes, due to noisy night flights. Their banners say “We cannot sleep at home: night flight ban from 10pm to 6am !”  Many say their homes suffer 80 decibel noise at night, with 60 decibels indoors. Though there is meant to be a total ban on night flights between 23:00 to 05:00 almost every night there are late arrivals and departures or flight tests. The nights are not quiet. People say they cannot live on only 6 hours sleep per night, and that is not enough to perform properly at work or at school.



Frankfurt airport protesters seek sleep in the airport terminal

27.6.2012 (Frankfurter Allgemeine)

Aircraft noise opponents want to spend the night in the Frankfurt airport. The reason is that it is too noisy in their own homes due to aircraft noise, so it is quieter in the airport terminal. 

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Aircraft noise - Monday demonstrations against aircraft noise at Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Airport.

Aircraft noise opponents marched last every Monday in Frankfurt airport – on Saturday to stay there, representatives of the troubled noise

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At home it is too noisy  for them – that’s why want to stay the night of noise opponent next Saturday at the Frankfurt airport. 

“People affected by aircraft noise want to sleep another eight hours on a noise-free environment,” the protest group said in a press release issued on Wednesday about civil initiatives against aircraft noise. Between 22:00 and 06:00 they will camp for the evening,  in the Departure Terminal One, where they already demonstrate every Monday against aircraft noise.

The campaign is meant to draw attention to the intolerable situation of night aircraft noise. Despite the overnight ban on flights between 23:00 to 05:00 almost every night there are late arrivals and departures or flight tests. 

In many places it was in the peak hours as loud as it is in the day – people are having to try and sleep at peak levels above 80 decibels outside and 60 decibels in the bedrooms of the homes affected. Six hours of sleep are entirely inadequate to perform well in your job or in school. The citizens’ groups support a complete ban on night flights from 22:00 to 06:00. 

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