Aircraft noise is the most prominent negative externality of airports. It has been the main source of community opposition to airport development plans. The current approach to airport noise mitigation emphasizes long-term compatibility based on standards for aircraft noise emissions and the promulgation of airport noise compatibility plans. This paper suggests that relating mitigation expenditures to current noise levels is more efficient. Relating airports' outlays on noise mitigation to the noise effects of their operations provides airports with an economic incentive to operate in a noise-sensitive manner. It may shift the focus of public debate from the assumptions underlying noise forecasts to the criteria for noise abatement, a shift that arguably may help reduce opposition to airport development plans. A number of implementation issues are discussed and the approaches used to deal with these issues in Ben-Gurion Airport are described.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Transportation Research Record|
|State||Published - 1989|