May 18, 2021

The tripartite of Palma wants the Son Sant Joan Airport to close at night

The tripartite of Palma wants the Son Sant Joan Airport to close at night


Palma de MallorcaUpdated:

The City Council of Palma has informed this Wednesday, through a statement, that it has submitted to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation allegations to the Action Plan associated with the noise map of Son Sant Joan Airport. This document was recently publicly exposed. In the aforementioned allegations, the City Council of Palma has reiterated its request for «Airport night lock» and "reduction of air movements, noise and pollution".

It should be recalled that in the present mandate governs in the Balearic capital tripartite conformed by the PSOE, MÉS and Podemos. The mayor is currently the ecosoberanist of MÉS Antoni Noguera. The request for nightly closing Son Sant Joan was already made in the summer of 2017 by the Councilor for Ecology, Agriculture and Animal Welfare, Neus Truyol, also from MES, then Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, as well as the director of the Palma airport, José Antonio Álvarez

With the allegations presented now, it is again claimed thatue Son Sant Joan stop being «H24», that is, that it ceases to be operational 24 hours a day and that it closes during the night to "reduce its environmental impact and make possible the rest of the neighbors ». On the other hand, a generic claim has been presented regarding the change of name of the airport of the Balearic capital, which at the moment is considered as an aerodrome of «Palma de Mallorca». The municipal government team has reminded, in that sense, that the official name of the city is only "Palm" since two years ago.

European airports

As stated in the document of allegations, "from the City of Palma it is proposed to incorporate, as a measure of the Action Plan, the closure of the airport at night." This proposal is considered to be taken into account to "guarantee the rights to health, private life and property of those affected". For this, according to the consistory, it should proceed to "a general prohibition of air traffic between 23:00 and 06:00 hours ", so in those seven hours "would be used exclusively for humanitarian flights and health emergencies, norms that, since a long time ago, have been applied in some of the most important airports in the European Union, such as: London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol or Frankfurt, to name some of the most important ».

Also, the municipal corporation calls for greater coordination and agility when installing noise measurement points. Specifically, in the cited allegations it is proposed that "the number of measuring equipment (TMR) or, at least, of portable equipment be increased in order to increase its availability and expedite the response if necessary." On the other hand, Aena has been proposed to "establish a more agile protocol for the installation of equipment fixed, in case of new installations or reinstallation in a new location ».

The aforementioned protocol "should be established for the installation of portable equipment". In said protocol «should include the minimum requirements that they must comply with the places where the TMRs are installed, in order to avoid that the noise measurements may not be representative of the operation of the airport, by the addition of other contaminating sound sources ». For the municipal government team, "currently the iinstallation of portable equipment or the reinstallation of fixed equipment it takes too long, which can sometimes lead to the object of the installation no longer having sense when the equipment is finally installed. "

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