How much noise reduction at airports?

M.G. Lijesen, J.W. van der Straaten, J.E.C. Dekkers, R. van Elk, J. Blokdijk

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Airport noise nuisance is a negative externality especially when it occurring near urban areas. Like all externalities, noise nuisance may be a reason for government intervention. When intervening, governments should set quantitative policy targets with care. In practice, this issue is generally neglected. This line of research sets the first step towards determining optimal policy targets in the case of noise nuisance near airports, more specifically in the case of Amsterdam Airport. We use hedonic pricing to establish the benefits of noise reduction. Furthermore, we develop a bottom-up cost function to analyze the costs of reducing noise for airlines. We then equate marginal costs and benefits to establish the optimal level of noise reduction, which appears to be 3 dB in the case of Amsterdam Airport. Welfare increasing measures include alternative approach procedures, regional substitution of planes within existing fleets and early depreciation of noisy planes increase welfare. Reducing the number of flights has a negative effect on net welfare. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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