Berlin - According to the Berlin Senate, around 300,000 people in Berlin and Brandenburg suffer from aircraft noise from Tegel Airport. Berlin's environmental administration today published one based on 185,464 flight movements in the previous year. This shows that during the day 141,900 Berliners are exposed to 55 to 60 decibels from aircraft noise, 133,900 capital city residents more than 60 decibels.
In the Tegel catchment area, 275,800 Berliners are affected, especially in the districts of Spandau, Reinickendorf and Pankow . In addition, there were Brandenburgers who lived in the flight lane, it was said. "The figures show that Tegel Airport is an extremely nuisance source of noise for many Berliners," said Environment and Transport Senator Regine Günther (independent / for the Greens). The upcoming referendum to keep Tegel open is unsettling these people.
"Politics must be reliable," emphasized Günther. “For years, residents have trusted that Tegel Airport will be closed when BER goes into operation.” Many of them would have made important life decisions based on this cross-party consensus. “This trust must not be disappointed.” The - legally non-binding - referendum on the day of the Bundestag election on September 24th was forced by an initiative, largely supported by the FDP, with collection of signatures. She argues that Tegel will continue to be needed even after the opening of the new capital city airport BER in Schönefeld, because the number of passengers continued to rise.
The red-red-green Berlin Senate as well as the red-red-ruled neighboring state of Brandenburg and the federal government deny this need and are sticking to the decision to close Tegel. In this context, the Senate has long referred to around 300,000 people affected by aircraft noise.
Should Tegel, contrary to expectations, continue to operate, according to the Senate and the airport company, around 137,000 of them would be entitled to structural noise protection measures. According to the environmental administration, this is expected to cost almost 400 million euros. It is an estimate based on population forecasts that are now out of date.