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New Report Published: Airport Noise Regulations

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As airlines and airports are limiting operations across the globe, many airports are significantly less busy and noisy than usual. However, they are not completely quiet and there are reports that some commercial airplanes continue to fly, without passengers.

In a recently-published report, Airport Noise Regulations, the Law Library of Congress looks at national strategies and rules for reducing noise from civil airports, including building regulations and tax penalties for airlines and airports that violate set noise level thresholds. The reports covers France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union. Although all jurisdictions surveyed subscribe to the “balanced approach” of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), they have used different measures and approaches to attain the same goal of limiting and reducing the number of people affected by significant aircraft noise. We hope you find it interesting!

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