Caps on airport flight numbers?

Jan 12, 2023 | Blog, Quiet Coalition

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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

UECNA, the European Union Against Aircraft Nuisances, sent a notice about its next webinar on Thursday, February 2, 2023, 7 p.m. Central European Time. That’s 1 p.m. in New York City and 10 a.m. in Los Angeles.

The topic is “A cap on flight numbers at an airport: a good idea?”

UECNA Vice Chair John Stewart’s preferred mode of transportation is his bicycle, but even he admits that sometimes it’s necessary to travel by air. Stewart’s and UECNA’s concern is how to reduce the impact of air travel on those living near airports and under flight paths.

Passenger caps are one approach that is being tried, most recently at Amsterdam’s Schipohl Airport, with a 20% reduction in passengers allowed. London’s Heathrow Airport also had passenger caps recently, although those have been lifted.

The passenger caps were put in place due to staffing shortages with airport security staff and luggage handlers especially being unable to deal with a large number of travelers over the summer as people began to travel again as the COVID pandemic eased, or perhaps became accepted as being the “new normal.”

Maybe flight caps are a better solution, taking into account the needs of passengers and those affected by aviation noise?

Sign up for the webinar to find out!

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