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Budapest Airport concludes talks with residents on noise pollution

Ferihegy Airport operator Budapest Airport has completed consultations with local residents on a program of measures it will take to reduce noise pollution at the airport, Budapest Airport spokesman Domokos Szollár told MTI on Tuesday.

The program contains 21 proposals, drawn up with air traffic controller HungaroControl, for reducing noise at the airport. Among them are making changes to approach and takeoff paths, making new rules for night takeoffs and landings and giving Budapest Airport the power to levy fines.

In a statement sent to MTI, an association of local residents conceded that the proposals were aimed at reducing their complaints, but complained they were limited to measures, which would do no harm to the company's business interests. Budapest Airport will submit the proposals to Hungary's Civil Aviation Authority. (Bloomberg)