Noise zoning

The noise zoning is determined by, among other things, the nature and amount of development in the areas around the airport. Thus, in the immediate vicinity of the airport, there may not be any ‘sensitive’ development, such as residential building, allowing the development of a lot of green space and, for example, sports fields in the immediate vicinity of the airport. Rotterdam The Hague Airport will, according to the Regeling Burger en Militaire Luchthaven (Regulations for Civilian and Military Airports; RBML), transition to the aviation law; this transition is expected in mid-2008. The RBML makes the implementation of the new European noise measures possible. Transition to these new noise measures is expected in the period of 2009-2011. With the noise measures, various noise sources can be compared with each other (both within the Netherlands and within Europe).

Slot coordination

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is responsible for ensuring that the noise zoning is not violated. Because the demand for air transportation (with large aircraft) is much greater than fits into the current noise zoning, Rotterdam The Hague Airport applied for slot coordination in March 2004. With this, an independent institution, the Stichting Airport Coordination Netherlands (Foundation for Airport Coordination in the Netherlands), ensures that the sparse available (noise) capacity is distributed among the airline companies on the basis of international rules. This is done by assigning slots: permission to land or take off at a certain time. The Foundation does this work for Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport as well. Annually, many requests will be rejected as a result of this. Familiar examples of this are the flights for the Feyenoord football club.

Departure routes and tolerance areas

Air traffic that departs from Rotterdam The Hague Airport makes use of seven fixed departure routes. These departure routs can be seen as slip roads for the motorway in the sky. The departure routs are placed in such a way that they, where possible, avoid developed areas. Only when it is unavoidable for technical flight reasons will there be deviations from the fixed routes. This can occur, for example, in the event of bad weather conditions. The area in which an aircraft may travel during departure is called the tolerance area. The edges of this area form, as it were, the hard shoulder of the slip road. Not all types of aircraft can fly a turn within the same boundaries. As a comparison: a bicycle needs less space in order to go around a curve than a lorry. Therefore, a tolerance area is established for each (type of) departing aircraft.