Geneva Airport takes measures against noise pollution

Geneva Airport has submitted a proposal to the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to implement measures to stabilise and reduce noise pollution.

The proposal, which will set a new authorised noise level (“admissible noise” under the Noise Abatement Ordinance) is the latest in a series of moves by the city aimed at curbing excessive noise.

In November 2018 the Federal Council adopted the SAIP, or Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan, and in May 2019 the airport agreed targets with the Canton of Geneva, in an overarching societal plan that included noise limits.

“This important new step allows Genève Aéroport to move forward with the implementation of concrete measures,” said Madeleine von Holzen, an airport spokesperson.

“The dossier submitted, comprising some twenty parts, constitutes Genève Aéroport’s proposals for actions to implement the stabilisation, and then reduction, of noise.”

Among the measures proposed by the airport are a series of measures aimed at limiting the number of late take-offs between 22:00 and midnight, as requested by local residents and the population.

Also put forward is the suggestion of a new fare policy to favour less noisy aircraft, as well as a new quick runway exit and changes to current operating regulations in order to implement operational measures necessary to comply with the SAIP framework.