Part of my job is to work on a master plan for Fraport's cargo operations until 2015. Our firm has also worked on a night flight study for the airport administration.
It is still not clear from a legal standpoint whether a total night flight ban can be implemented. From what it seems, Roland Koch has once again promised something to the people he will probably not be able to fulfill.
Just one major stumbling block for his plans are the "Bestandsschutz" (protection of existing infrastructures and services) for incumbent airlines. Therefore, if LCAG (LH Cargo) is supposed (again, they can most likely not be forced) to move elsewhere (and from our study, HHN
is NOT a perfect alternative without investing hundreds of millions), Fraport and the State of Hesse will have to pay compensation in the mid to high three digit millions to LH
And they are just one of several companies involved in a night flight ban - other airlines with similar claims are homebase carrier like YP
Unfortunately my legal English isn't very good, so I can only give you this very short summary, although I would like to comment on other aspects like "unbillige Haertefaelle"
. But hey, I'm just an engineer, not a lawyer...
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