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Test of a new Eindhoven Airport departure route starts

Eindhoven, 18 December 2013

Starting in January 2014 and in collaboration with, a test using a new route will be started for a new departure route from Eindhoven Airport in a southwestern direction. This new route was developed on the basis of agreements with Eindhoven's "Alders round table". One of those agreements concerned an investigation of the possibilities for making changes to existing routes in such a manner as to reduce noise pollution for local residents. This investigation resulted in a change in the direction of departing civil aircraft to the southwest. Changing routes departing in a northerly direction turned out not to provide any abatement of noise pollution.

According to the newly designed departure route, private planes will turn to the west shortly after take-off and then fly further over thinly populated areas. This avoids primarily Veldhoven and the town centres of Knegsel, Duizel and Hoogeloon. Starting in January, a number of test flights will be conducted by for purposes of the formal procedures for changing the route. The new route will go into effect as of 1 May 2014. The route will be flown only by private planes. Military transport and passenger aircraft are not equipped to make the turn quickly after take-off. For these planes, another new route was designed, one deviating slightly from the current route. For this route, the turn to the west was moved 7º from the existing route. This new route for military aircraft also provides noise abatement with respect to the existing departure route to the southwest. Other military aircraft, such as the F-16 and the AWACS, have their own routes. Both new routes were already accounted for in the calculations in the environmental impact statement for the Eindhoven airport draft decree.

About Eindhoven Airport

Eindhoven Airport, with over 4 million passengers in 2015 the second largest airport in the Netherlands, boosts the business climate in the south of the Netherlands and is crucial to the region in achieving its ambitions. The airport is aiming for a broad portfolio of destinations. Flights depart from Eindhoven Airport to over 70 destinations. Speed and the total airport experience are its added values. Eindhoven Airport connects Brainport to Europe in particular and makes the region internationally accessible. With 1500 direct jobs the airport has grown into one of the region's largest employers. According to the agreements between national and regional stakeholders, Eindhoven Airport will have the space to grow to some 5.5 million passengers in 2020. The growth will be achieved with the support of the local community and within the frameworks of the Alders Opinion and the Dutch government's Air Travel Policy Document. Eindhoven Airport pursues an integrated policy for growth, the environment and sustainability.


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