Noise pollution at Paris-CDG: in addition to affected residents, Parisians

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THE residents of Paris-CDG airport are not the only ones to suffer noise jumbo jets taking off, day and night. THE Parisians are also victimsaccording to the site France-Evening.

In a long investigation, France-Evening explains that the increase in noise pollution is due to an increase in aircraft movements on the runways of the south doublet from Paris-CDG: “As a result, movements on the southern doublet affect a large number of city dwellers compared to the much less populated northern areas.“, And “the inhabitants of Paris, the west of Seine-Saint-Denis and the north of Hauts-de-Seine are particularly affected“.

With the closure of runway 1 of the north doublet for repairs, one of the runways of the north doublet, from July 17 until November 6, 2022, movements are postponed to the runways of the south doublet. Also, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the south doublet can be used in certain months for up to 60% of traffic at Paris-CDG.

Both commuters and Parisians have lodged complaints with the organizations authorized to receive them: DSNA (Air Navigation Services Department), ACNUSA (Airport Nuisance Control Authority), ADP (Paris Airport), ADVOCNAR (Association for the Defense of Air Pollution of Paris-CDG and Paris-Le Bourget). They also alerted Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate in charge of Transport, so far in vain!

According to ACNUSA, during the month of June 2023 alone, 1,677 movements (arrivals + departures) were recorded in the middle of the night at Paris-CDG. The number is up by 12% compared to June 2019, while total traffic at this airport fell by 9.5% in 2019.

The regulations defining the heart of the night as a period of five hours (12:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. for departures / 12:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. for arrivals), there was therefore almost one flight every 5 minutes on average every night from month of June 2023, notes ACNUSA. Since the start of the 2023 aeronautical season, 11,604 movements have been made in the middle of the night. The ceiling being 17,562, there were therefore only 5,958 “rights” left to operate in the middle of the night at Paris-CDG.

The repair of the slopes is not the only cause of the increase in noise pollution for Parisians. always according to France-Eveningthe SITA OPTIClimb software, which allows Air France pilots to optimize their kerozene consumption during take-offs, contributes greatly to this. With SITA OptiClimb, “more modern aircraft climb a different gradient and make their first turn with greater acceleration. As a result, they more systematically fly over the northern districts of Paris when they go east and are particularly noisy.“.

The law allows airliners to fly over Paris, but only at an altitude above 2,000 meters. However, according to France-Soir, it is only from 5,000 meters (or 16,000 feet) that wide-body aircraft no longer cause noise pollution.

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