The environment is a subject that affects all of us and one in which we are called upon to make an active contribution. Flughafen Wien AG has long been committed to environmental awareness, which is today an integral component of any responsible corporate strategy. Environmental awareness and business are not incompatible but complement one an other. The environmental policy of Vienna Airport is aimed not only at dealing with environmental problems but also of taking the necessary steps to reduce and if possible eliminate them.
As a site with some 230 companies it is confronted by all of the environmental problems of a medium-sized town. Special attention is paid to the local inhabitants and measures are taken regularly to keep the nuisance caused to them to a minimum.
Vienna Airport is aware of its responsibility!
In the year 2000 a mediation process was launched to study the current impact of Vienna Airport and its environmental projects and development plans and their impact.
In a fair process involving some 50 stakeholders (citizens initiatives, local communities, the provinces of Lower Austria and Vienna, Austrian Airlines Group, Austro Control air traffic control, Flughafen Wien AG, etc.) solutions were agreed to keep the nuisance caused by air traffic to an acceptable level for the population concerned. The results were set forth in 2005 in a binding mediation agreement.
Following the conclusion of the mediation process, the Verein Dialogforum Flughafen Wien is continuing the dialogue between the stakeholders and monitoring the implementation of the mediation agreement.
Information on the work of the Dialogforum can be found at www.dialogforum.at.
Environment & aviation information platform
This platform provides figures, data and facts on the following topics:
- noise-reducing approach and take-off routes
- traffic development and distribution
- aircraft noise zones
- sustainability and environmental protection measures at Vienna Airport
- national and international developments
Environment and aviation hotline
The environment and aviation hotline is an important instrument providing information to those affected by air traffic. A team of specially trained staff managed by Flughafen Wien AG can be reached on 0810 223340 for the price of a local phone call. The hotline is staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and questions and complaints can be recorded on an answering machine at other times.
The Dialogue Forum Flughafen Wien and its members, such as Austro Control, Austrian Airlines Group, Umweltanwaltschaft Niederösterreich, the city of Vienna and Österreich-Plattform Fluglärm, have provided assistance with this project.
Noise measurement - a network of measuring points
In 1992 the FANOMOS flight track and noise monitoring system was put into operation at Vienna Airport.There are currently fourteen fixed measuring points in residential areas close to the airport that continuously measure the noise level of passing aircraft and determine the values for the day leg (06:00-22:00) and night leg (22:00-06:00).Link to the VIE environment website with information on the subject of environment & aviation and noise readings.At www.flugspuren.at Vienna Airport and Austro Control provide a new service with online tracking of aircraft in the Vienna area. The Internet tracking is a practical means of making the measures agreed in the mediation more transparent and accessible.Noise protection programme - a programme for 12,000 householdsThe Vienna Airport noise protection programme is part of a package of measures agreed in the mediation in connection with the third runway. It is designed to protect health and increase the quality of life of people living near the airport.Programme resources are offered to 12,000 households in the region. The total cost will run to around 51.5 million euros, of which 37 million will be paid directly by Flughafen Wien AG. The other 14.5 million will come from the Flughafen Wien AG environmental fund.You can find out whether you are eligible for the noise protection programme at www.laermschutzprogramm.at.