August 21, 2009
A German court has approved a four-billion-euro expansion of Frankfurt International Airport, Europe’s third busiest and a hub for event planners, rejecting complaints by residents.
The Hesse Administrative Court, in the western city of Kassel, said construction on a fourth runway, a third terminal and a larger cargo and maintenance centre could continue, but upheld strict limits on night flights.
The court said it had received more than 200 complaints against the plans, of which it selected 13 as test cases. Most were based primarily on objections to noise pollution and the planned clearing of nearby forests.
But it said the projected economic benefit for the region around Germany’s business and finance capital trumped such issues.
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