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Noise protection hangar: Construction work starts

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new noise protection hangar was held on 4 October 2012. This hangar will replace the temporary noise protection structure and improve noise reduction for residents in neighbouring municipalities.

Aircraft must be tested and maintained regularly to ensure their functionality. These checks also include the on-wing testing of aircraft engines on the ground, a process that involves using chocks to hold the aircraft in place and then accelerating the engines to their full load. These tests can be very noisy at times, so wherever possible they are carried out behind noise barriers of some description. The existing system at Zurich Airport was not up to the latest standards and was not suitable for all aircraft. Flughafen Zürich AG therefore developed a project for a new noise protection hangar in close cooperation with SWISS and SR Technics as well as the neighbouring municipalities of Kloten, Opfikon-Glattbrugg and Rümlang.

Temporary noise protection until 2014

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new hangar, which will cost around CHF 25 million, took place on 4 October 2012 in the presence of representatives of the neighbouring municipalities and the people and organisations involved in the planning process. Until the new hangar can be put into use sometime in 2014, noise protection during engine testing will be ensured by the temporary noise protection structure developed by Flughafen Zürich AG at a cost of CHF 1.2 million.

An important step in the right direction

Thomas Kern, CEO of Flughafen Zürich AG and thus the hangar’s official contractor, gave a speech in which he thanked everyone involved for their constructive cooperation during the last few years and praised the result as the best possible solution. The new noise protection hangar now under construction will feature modern construction technology in every respect and be one of the most up-to-date noise protection hangars for wide-body aircraft anywhere in the world.

The two guest speakers, Jean-Marc Lenz, Senior Vice President of SR Technics and Thomas Hardegger, Swiss National Council member and president of the municipality of Rümlang, also had very positive words for the new facility. For SR Technics, the new hangar will greatly simplify the planning of engine tests in future and enable round-the-clock operation. National Councillor Hardegger also emphasised that building the new facility is an important step in the right direction as regards noise protection. At the same time, however, he stressed that the work of noise protection is never done, and that we must continue to do everything possible to protect the population from excess noise. Flughafen Zürich AG takes these concerns seriously and will continue to give a high priority to noise protection whenever technically, operationally and financially possible.

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