Environmental concerns spark calls for night closure of airport in Spain

There airport wants to put a stop to 24 hour activity and ‘reduce its environmental impact Photo Credit: Shutterstock

PALMA city council is calling for a ban on night flights at the airport of Son Sant Joan, to put a stop to 24 hour activity and ‘reduce its environmental impact’.
Proposals put to the Ministry of Development request that  the airport closes between 11pm and 6am to reduce air movements, noise and pollution.
In this way, Son Sant Joan would be used exclusively for humanitarian and sanitary emergency flights, similar to European airports such as London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
The council is also asking for a name change from Palma de Mallorca to Palma Airport, and for ‘better coordination and agility’ when installing noise measurement points.
To ensure the results are accurate and reflect the ‘reality of the noise impact of the airport’, the authority wants an increase in the number of recording equipment, placed in new locations.
 

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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