Frankfurt’s Ban on Night Flights

Frankfurt Airport. Image courtesy of Carsten Frenzl.

In April 2012, a federal court in Leipzig ruled that the planned expansion of the airport could go ahead, provided that there was a permanent ban on night flights between 11pm and 5am. The ruling was the result of an action by local boroughs, residents and businesses concerned about the airport’s expansion plans. A temporary ban on night flights had been in place since October 2011. Lufthansa chief executive Christoph Franz says the ruling was a “heavy blow for Germany.” Frankfurt is Europe’s fourth busiest airport after Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol.

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