What the Legislation Says

Regulation (EU) 598/2014 lays down, where a noise problem has been identified, rules on the process to be followed for the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions in a consistent manner on an airport-by-airport basis, so as to help improve the noise climate and to limit or reduce the number of people significantly affected by potentially harmful effects of aircraft noise, in accordance with the Balanced Approach developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Balanced Approach to aircraft noise management developed by ICAO is an approach to managing noise at an airport that consists of identifying the noise problem at an airport and then analysing the various measures available to reduce noise through the exploration of four principal elements, namely, reduction at source, land use planning and management, noise abatement operational procedures and operating restrictions, with the goal of  addressing the noise problem in the most cost effective manner.  Operating restrictions are not to be applied as a first resort but only after consideration of the other measures of the Balanced Approach.

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