French prime minister Lionel Jospin yesterday announced that the third international airport to serve Paris will be built at Chaulnes, 125km north of Paris. The announcement was accompanied by plans to redistribute freight traffic away from Paris' two existing airports in order to alleviate congestion and reduce noise. Noise has become a major political issue, with the transport ministry arguing that a third airport would lead to noticeable reductions in noise around Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. Green environment minister Yves Cochet has openly disagreed. See press dossier.
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