Friday, July 10, 2015 - 15:33
Longer nighttime rules to continue at Schiphol after successful trial
The Cabinet has decided to permanently enforce the stricter and longer nighttime regime at Schiphol airport after a successful trial period, sources in The Hague told Het Parool. The trial period started in 2013. The night time regime was extended from between 23:00 and 06:00 to between 22:30 and 06:45. During this period aircraft must take fixed routes, must fly at a greater height and if possible, land via a glide flight. These measures are to reduce the noise level as much as possible. Recent research showed that these stricter measures resulted in about 700 people experiencing less hinder than before. This experiment was a result of an agreement on the so-called Alders-table, where, under the leadership of former minister Hans Alders, agreements are made between the government, local residents and the aviation industry on the development of Schiphol. Schiphol is allowed to deviate from the nighttime regime if air traffic control finds it necessary.