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Budapest Airport collects Ft 390 mln in noise pollution fees

Ferihegy airport operator Budapest Airport Rt collected Ft 390 million in noise pollution fees in 2005, the spokesman for the airport said on Friday. The fees, introduced at the start of 2005, are levied on every aircraft at the airport, according to their type and the time of day they land or take off, spokesman Domokos Szollár said.

The fees for a Boeing 737 or an Airbus 319 - the two most often used aircraft at the airport - are €11.83 for a daytime landing, and €143 for a landing between 22.00 and 05.00. At the same time the fees were introduced, Budapest Airport reduced its landing fees, meaning no additional cost overall for airlines, he added. The money is put into a separate account, managed by Budapest Airport, and is exclusively used for investments which reduce noise pollution, Szollár said.

Most of the Ft 390 million collected last year was used to finance ongoing construction of a taxiway at the airport. The taxiway will reduce the number of take-offs and landings on the airport's runway number two, used by aircraft flying over a residential area near the airport. Budapest Airport said in early March that it had written to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transport proposing a comprehensive review of noise measurement and noise abatement policy, in response to increasing community concerns about aircraft noise. Budapest Airport asked the Ministry for support for a 12-month program of work by the airport on noise issues, so that the airport can develop policies which better balance operational and community needs, the statement said. Budapest Airport's statement came just days after ombudsman

Barnabás Lenkovics urged a reduction in noise pollution caused by traffic at the airport. The program proposes the drawing up of a long-term noise strategy for Ferihegy, involving wide consultation among airlines, HungaroControl, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), local communities and other relevant stakeholders, reviewing the use of the airport’s two runways, to consider whether the take-off and landing operations can be managed in a way which reduces the noise impacts on communities, both during the day and at night.

 

The program proposes the drawing up of a long-term noise strategy for Ferihegy, involving wide consultation among airlines, HungaroControl, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), local communities and other relevant stakeholders, reviewing the use of the airport’s two runways, to consider whether the take-off and landing operations can be managed in a way which reduces the noise impacts on communities, both during the day and at night.

The airport also proposed a number of amendments to regulations on noise including better enforcement of current noise protection regulations and giving Budapest Airport the power to fine airlines that breach noise mitigation procedures, with the funds raised to be used for noise mitigation. UK airport operator BAA purchased a 75%-minus-one-vote stake in Budapest Airport, along with a 75-year licence to operate the airport, for Ft 464.5bn, in December 2005.