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12.08.2009

Unique News Flash No. 15 / Civil Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SIL process): Beginning of next phase

The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) submitted today the draft of the final report for the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SIL) for Zurich airport for consultation. Of the three remaining alternatives, the most noise favourable is alternative "J optimised".

In the course of the current SIL process, 19 possible operation variants ('Betriebsvarianten') for Zurich airport were worked out and presented at the occasion of coordination meetings. After the “coordination meeting III” in July 2008, the Federal Government decided to continue the work on the three variants "E optimised", "E DVO" and "J optimised". Detailed noise calculations were developed for these three options. Flughafen Zürich AG participated in the SIL process on a functional level. The airport operator now looks forward to the results of the consultation, which will be finished end of October 2009.

The variant "J optimised" is significantly more favourable in terms of the number of noise impacted persons than the other variants including the status quo. A considerable noise reduction would take place especially in the densely populated areas. A precondition for the realisation of the variant "J optimised" is an extension of runway 28.

The presented final report furthermore shows that under the current provisional operations regulation ('provisorisches Betriebsreglement'), none of the variants, which finally remained in the SIL process, will result in a considerable long term capacity increase for Zurich airport. Based on an independent market study compiled by ‘Intraplan’, Zurich airport presumably will not be able to handle any more expected demand for air traffic movements from 2020 on. The airport operator is convinced that this fact will play an important role in the current consultation process.

At the occasion of the 2009 half year results presentation, Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) will answer questions related to this topic.

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