The environmental license for Antwerp Airport was granted on 24 October 2008 by the Flemish Minister for Public Works, Energy, the Environment and Nature. The airport also has an environmental co-ordinator
1. Opening hours
The airport is closed to all air traffic between 11 pm and 6.30 am, with the exception of urgent medical flights and landing aircraft in delay, the landing of which is planned at the latest at 10.30 pm.
2. Noise contours
The noise contours and the number of potential residents seriously affected by noise have to be calculated annually. The number of potential residents seriously affected by noise, the number of residents in the LDN noise contour of 55 dB(A), and the number of residents in the LAeq, day noise contour of 55 dB(A) cannot rise compared to the reference year 2000.
The operator develops a system for the registration and follow-up of complaints. The operator also establishes a consultative committee to inventory the complaints of the people living in the neighborhood, to propose possible solutions, and to inform residents and authorities about the environmental policy already and yet to be pursued. This environmental consultative committee meets twice a year. The information of the noise measurement system is annually presented to the committee members.
4. Training flights
In order to limit the nuisance for the people living in the neighborhood of the Airport, only two aircraft can be in a holding pattern at the same time. On working days (from Monday to Friday) and on Saturdays, training flights are allowed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (to 8 p.m. during winter hour), local time. On Sundays and holidays, no touch-and-go flights (circuit flying) are allowed. Each individual touch-and-go is regarded as two flights.
The total number of flights for training is limited as follows:
a) in 2009 and 2010: maximum 23,000 flights a year;
b) in 2011 and 2012: maximum 21,000 flights a year;
c) in 2013: maximum 19,000 flights a year;
d) from 2014 to 2018 inclusive: maximum 12,000 flights a year;
e) from 2019 to 2022 inclusive: maximum 18,000 flights a year;
f) from 2023 onwards: maximum 16,000 flights a year.
For touch-and-go flights (circuit flying), aircraft with a MTOW (maximum take-off weight) of less than 2,000 kg must have a maximum noise level of 76 dB(A), certified by the Aviation Directorate-General of the Federal Public Service for Mobility.
The airport of Antwerp, within the framework of the sustainable development is to develop a modern transportation hub which will contribute to the local economic growth of the region. The airport wants to create an additional value by offering a fast/smooth access through the airport and by creating an exceptional travel experience for all passengers.
In realizing future opportunities at the airport, the airport will careful plan and take following areas into consideration which are important to reach a sustainable growth: local economy, access, environment, community and land use. In reaching these future opportunities, the airport will try to minimize local disturbance and environmental impact.
The airport wishes to establish a good relationship with the local community and other authorities. This is why the airport constantly communicates with all important stakeholders to inform them about topics which might be of interest for them. The objective is to create a constructive dialogue an good cooperation between all relevant parties. A good example of our last initiative is the launch of “Luchthaven buurt”, which is a local newspaper. This is a summary of the latest news from the airport.