Thursday, April 30, 2009

Airport neighbors complain about noise

Citizens of Warsaw living in a proximity of Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport announced they will fight in court to achieve a halt on flights at nighttime. Those living at a close range to edges of runways, have to deal with the worst noise. The last flights arrive even at 1 am, while the regular air traffic starts at 5 pm. These red-eye flights are mainly performed by the low-cost carriers, although aiprort imposes higher fees for those late-night flights.

The citizens want to impose a curfew between 10 pm and 6 am. In 2007 the authorities established a noise free zone around the airport. The citizens were promised subsidies to replace their windows with noise reduction ones and compensations in case their houses' value went down.

However, the airport's authorities have turned all the requests down, arguing that a court is the right institution to evaluate the property loss and order a compensation. Deadline for claiming the damages is August 2009.

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