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.
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).
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.
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.