Managing Director Udo Mager: "We welcome the fact that the District Government of Münster has now decided to extend the operating hours of Dortmund Airport. Deviating from our application, the approval unfortunately falls short of the operating times and flight movements required from the airport's point of view.”
- With immediate effect, the new delay regulations allow landings until 11:30 p.m. and take-offs until 10:30 p.m..
- Four scheduled landings can now take place daily until 11:30 p.m., scheduled take-offs will continue until 10:00 p.m. only.
- There is also a quota of 16 delayed take-offs and landings per month between 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m..
Deviating from the now immediately applicable operating hours permit, Dortmund Airport had applied for take-offs until 11:00 p.m. and unlimited scheduled landings until 11:00 p.m. as well as delayed landings until 11:30 p.m., as part of the delay regulation.
The previous operating times provided for scheduled flight movements between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and delays until 11:00 p.m., limited to 20 landings per month.
"We regret the modification that has been made, but will use the options that are still available to us in order to meet the airlines' current needs as far as possible. Since, in its December 2015 judgment, The High Court of Administration (OVG) had declared the original approval from May 2014 to be illegal, it could not be assumed that the temporarily extended operating hours would be reapproved and remain unchanged. For this reason, and on its own initiative, Dortmund Airport has already made an adjustment. The fact that the operating hours permit now granted still falls short of this application means that it obviously follows the restrictive provisions contained within the grounds for the ruling on the question of weighing noise protection needs against transport interests.
We are likely to accept the decision of the District Government because, despite the continuing restrictions imposed by the quota system and the definition of tight operating hours, it at least offers the chance of achieving optimised cycle schedules and ensuring hub connections.