If we are talking about the noise pollution caused by the airport for the local environs, we need to distinguish between ‘air noise’ generated by departing and landing aircraft and ‘ground noise’ caused by all manner of activities that take place on airport grounds as such.
The impact of ground noise is confined to the airport’s immediate environs. Over the years, a wide range of measures has been put in place to reduce this nuisance as much as possible. These measures include the building of noise walls, minimising taxiing times, staging aircraft engine test runs at a central location at the airport far away from residential areas, and restricting the use of noisy aircraft auxiliary power units (APU) during aircraft handling.
Air noise has an impact that goes well beyond the airport. However, this is a matter for the Federal Government over which Brussels Airport has no power. Quite a few measures have been and continue to be put in place to cut down air noise. For one thing, there is a flying ban in place for the noisiest aircrafts, based on quota count restrictions. A “silent weekend nights” policy is applicable at Brussels Airport Company whereby we make sure that the greater the noise impact of an aircraft, the more expensive the landing and departure fees are.
Brussels Airport manages 21 noise monitoring terminals (NMT) at and in the vicinity of the airport which constantly measure the noise as it is perceived on the ground.
Use the search tool in the noise reporting section to look up the noise reports and reports on the nighttime runway use for a given date or period.
In conformity with the Flemish Environmental Legislation, Brussels Airport Company publishes annual noise contours that show the noise situation in the vicinity of Brussels Airport.