Mr Trittin said the proposals were designed to tackle the health effects of aircraft noise. According to new research, people exposed to noise levels above 65 decibels suffer stress and a higher risk of heart problems. "There has been no change to aircraft noise regulations since 1971. We need an up-to-date law to protect people from increasing levels of air traffic," Mr Trittin added.
Germany's aviation industry has criticised the proposals. The national airports federation ADV argued that the new law would create "significant difficulties" for the sector.
German environment ministry, tel: +49 30 28550.
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