Belgian night flights "breaching WHO limits"

Aeroplanes taking off at Brussels's Zaventem airport expose almost a third of the city's million inhabitants to noise levels above World health organisation (WHO) recommended levels every night, according to a new report. Around 300,000 people are subjected to noise levels of 45 decibels (db) or more between 11pm and 7am, says the study, done by the Brussels regional environment agency. Protests against night flights last year led to courier firm DHL deciding to close its Zaventem headquarters in 2008 (EED 21/10/04). Regional environment minister Evelyne Huytebroeck told Belgian daily Le Soir the report proved night flight complaints in Brussels were more than "caprice". See Brussels environment agency.

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