“The noise issue is real. People living on the flight path are experiencing things that they don’t like and they don’t want, but caps and curfews are not the answer,” de Graaff said.
“Curfew, closing the airport during the night, has significant economic consequences, as well as operational consequences, and it will not do the trick because during the night, we’re operating more than 60 per cent of all flights over the bay and we’re only using the legacy runway.
“So it’s not the newly exposed people that are experiencing any noise during the night.”
Chandler-Mather has long been a proponent of a Brisbane Airport curfew, like the one that limits air traffic at Sydney Airport.
“Sydney is Australia’s busiest airport, and it operates successfully with flight caps and a curfew,” he said.
“Fares to and from Sydney aren’t out of reach of everyday people — this is a scare campaign from the airlines and BAC to protect their own profits.
“Ask any resident being woken up at 2.30am in the morning every night by screeching flight noise if they think a curfew is necessary. This is causing serious and ongoing health issues for thousands of Brisbane residents.”
Chandler-Mather also pointed to an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman report that identified failures in Airservices Australia’s modelling and public consultation before the $1.1 billion parallel runway’s opening in 2020.
“Residents were told time and again that the vast majority of flights would arrive and depart over the bay, and instead we’ve seen an unprecedented increase in flight traffic over some of the highest-density suburbs in Brisbane,” he said.
A Trax International report, released last month, recommended planes fly over Moreton Bay to land at the newer runway, while departures left from the “legacy” runway, also over the bay.
The report said while airlines supported the change to simultaneous operations, they preferred their planes to land and depart into the prevailing wind.
At the time, Chandler-Mather criticised the report for not addressing the curfew proposal.