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At least 7,500 protest night flights at expanded Berlin airport

The Local · 24 Oct 2011, 08:26

Published: 24 Oct 2011 08:26 GMT+02:00

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The hugely expanded airport is set to become the German capital’s only one as Tegel is due to be closed once the new hub opens with the unitary Berlin airport code BER.

But the proposed flight routes have proved controversial, with many of those set to have planes taking off and landing over their homes furious. Those at the demonstration were united in their call for a complete ban on flights between 10 pm and 6 am, according to a report in the daily Berliner Zeitung on Monday.

Currently there is permission for up to 103 flights between 10 pm and midnight, as well as during the hour after 5 am, leaving only five hours plane-free for those living under the flight paths.

“We should only have 224 more undisturbed nights, and then it’s over. We will not take that,” demonstrator Wolfgang Brenneis told the crowd from a stage, to loud applause.

Many also want to prevent the airport becoming a hub for international flights – where passengers only transfer from one flight to another - an explicit plan of the airport’s operators and politicians as it will increase profits.

The expanded airport is due to open at the beginning of June 2012. Plans are also being discussed for a possible second and even third terminal, for which permission has already been granted, the Berliner Zeitung reported. A third runway could even come into question.

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10:59 October 24, 2011 by DoubleDTown
my heart bleeds only for those that purchased their property near this airport prior to 1934.
15:03 October 24, 2011 by vonSchwerin
"Many also want to prevent the airport becoming a hub for international flights"

Yes, we Germans want Berlin to be a world-class city, but we don't want to make it easy for people to get here (these protesters). We want to boost Berlin's industry-less economy, but we don't want tourists (Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain Green Party). We want modern rail transport, but we don't want expanded modern rail stations (Leben in Stuttgart and the B-W Greens). We need lots of power, but we only want solar and wind power, even though most of Germany doesn't get enough sun.

Why is it that so many Germans have high expectations of progress paired with wildly unrealistic demands for no change or ecotopian projects. I would like to have a thriving economy with little change to the status quo, but some changes and some sacrifices will have to be made.
20:22 October 24, 2011 by neunElf
I concur with the first two brilliant posts!
23:41 October 24, 2011 by wood artist
Hmmm. If you live next door to a Grundeschule, don't complain about the noise from the playground unless the school was built after you arrived.

03:31 October 25, 2011 by alleindalone
"If you live next door to a Grundeschule, don't complain about the noise from the playground unless the school was built after you arrived."

ah, people on the local forums are always so understanding of other's problems. wouldn't you complain at least a bit if the grundschule next to your flat gradually became 4 times bigger as it used to be, with 4 times more children? i think you would. and then i would come here and tell you that your grandparents should have known better when they bought the flat.
23:21 October 25, 2011 by Strawberry Letter 23
Build Berlin build, and make it fast. Progress is the best.
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