EU backs German block on Swiss night flights

European Commission rules on long-standing dispute over noise pollution around Zurich airport

The European Commission has upheld Germany's right to stop aircraft from using its airspace at night to reach Switzerland's Zurich airport, saying measures introduced in the spring do not, as the Swiss government maintains, violate EU-Swiss aviation agreements.

The German measures essentially prohibit aircraft from flying over its airspace enroute to Zurich during night hours. Germany said the ban was necessary to limit noise pollution, as the aircraft fly low over its territory as they approach the airport from the north (EED 09/04/03).

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