Calls for end to night flights over Lisbon

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-01-2020 12:15:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s environmental organisation Zero argued that the six-hour ban on night flights in Lisbon, which came into force this week due to works at the airport, should be extended ‘forever’.

Zero said, regarding the night flights in the capital, that the excessive night flights in July 2019 were justified as due to circumstances of force majeure, a justification that environmentalists consider caricature.

Between 5 and 14 July 2019, Zero counted the number of flights and measured the noise levels at the accesses to Lisbon airport and found that in seven days the maximum number of daily air movements was exceeded.

At the time, the environmentalist organisation filed a complaint with the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) denouncing the excess night air movements, which, it said, reached twice the legal maximum every week.

"The Coordinating Entity for the Process of Allocation of Time Limits, which is part of the airport management entity ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, considered that all excess flights were justified by reasons of force majeure, under paragraph 9 of Article 2 of Ordinance No. 303-A/2004 of 22 March, created on the occasion of the EURO 2004 football tournament and which remains in force," Zero said in the statement.

The article in question, according to the law, indicates as cases of force majeure aircraft in humanitarian missions, medical emergencies or evacuations, aircraft in urgent situations taking into account meteorological reasons, technical failure or flight safety, and air movements previously and exceptionally approved by the National Institute of Civil Aviation, taking into account reasons of recognized public interest.

"The exceptions considered as reasons of force majeure allow virtually any night flight and in practice, the legislation is completely useless," Zero said.

According to the noise legislation, published in 2000, all air movements are forbidden to occur at Lisbon airport between midnight and 6 a.m. at Lisbon airport but the exception regime published in 2004, on occasion and for the European football, allows a maximum of 91 weekly and 26 daily movements at night.


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