Facts and numbers

Modern, quiet aircraft

Modern aircraft are 75% (20 decibels) quieter than their predecessors in the 1960s. The illustration below makes it clear what progress has been made in this area in the past decades. The light blue area shows the area around a climbing 737-200 aircraft, where 85 decibels (adjusted to the human ear) is measured. The dark blue area covers the same sound level for a hypermodern ‘Next Generation’ aircraft, like the newest Boeing 737 series that is frequently used at Rotterdam The Hague Airport by, for example, Transavia.Illustratie moderne vliegtuigen

These modern and extremely advanced aircraft can also fly much higher than previous models and other comparable types. This offers the passengers even more comfort, because the aircraft is, for example, more easily able to climb above bad weather. With the ability to fly higher, above other aircraft that are not able to do this, they fly in a less-used traffic space, and there is thus also less chance of delay.


The Boeing 737 is the best-sold aircraft of all time, but it is not only Boeing that is producing ever-quieter and more environmentally friendly aircraft. With the increasing demand for (regional) air traffic, stricter environmental requirements and the demand for more remote destinations, other aircraft manufacturers such as the Canadian company Bombadier and the Embraer company from Brazil are undertaking the production of fast and environmentally friendly (jet) aircraft with a capacity of some 30 to 100 passengers.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport encourages airline companies in a focused and active way to utilise modern, and thus lower noise and lower emission aircraft for their flights to and from Rotterdam. These aircraft offer not only more comfort, they also make sure that the noise is minimized for those who are living nearby the airport.

Technical innovations

Profound technical innovations make it impossible to compare aircraft of today, both in terms of noise production and fuel consumption, with their predecessors. The noise of a climbing ‘next generation’ aircraft from a distance of 3 kilometres from the end of the runway is just 70 decibels. A modern vacuum cleaner also makes a noise as 70 decibels.


Limited CO2 emissions

Worldwide, 3.5% of the total CO2 emissions are caused by human activities. Of this, some 25% (1) is on account of electrical generation stations, 23% (2) is caused as a result of household use, 19% (3) comes from industry, 12% (4) comes from road traffic, 1% (5) comes from shipping and 3% (6) comes from aviation. Aviation thus causes just 3% of 3.5% = 0.105% of the total CO2 emissions (see Figure 2.2).

Air quality

The government sets official limit values for Rotterdam The Hague Airport for nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter that must not be exceeded in order to maintain the air quality in the inhabited surroundings. In the Rijnmond region, road traffic makes the greatest contribution to the observed concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. The observed concentrations of these substances in the immediate vicinity of busy thoroughfares are often above the official limit values. In the last years, the observed concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in the immediate surroundings of Rotterdam The Hague Airport have remained around the maximum allowable values, given that the airport is located next to one of the busiest motorways in the Netherlands, the A13. The DCMR has determined that the contribution of air traffic to and from Rotterdam The Hague Airport cannot be seen in the measured concentrations.

Less fuel consumption

An airline company with a modern fleet currently needs less than four litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres. In automotive terms: a consumption of 1 to 28. A modern aircraft like a Boeing 737-700 (transavia.com) often uses no more than 1 litre of fuel per 39 kilometres per passenger, and that is at speeds of 800 km/hour or more. Dutch automobiles use just as much fuel in one day as all of General Aviation (e.g. training flights, round flights, taxi service flights) in the Netherlands in an entire year.

Noise pollution

Aircrafts using our airport will always make noise. The policy of Rotterdam The Hague Airport is to only allow the most quiet aircrafts. On the website of the Committee on regional consultation (CRO) you will find current information about aircraft movements. Furthermore, on this website you can find aircraft movements insights above the Rijnmond region. In addition, you can also submit reports.