Will the intersecting runway “11/29” at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport be removed? To this question posed on January 12 during a Facebook live, Alain Anziani answered in two stages: the Ministry of Transport is in favor of it but he, as an elected official, does not make it a priority at the moment. Above all, the president of Bordeaux Metropolisconditions any closure on two prerequisites: finding technical solutions to allow planes to take off earlier from the main runway and…
Will the intersecting runway “11/29” at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport be removed? To this question posed on January 12 during a Facebook live, Alain Anziani answered in two stages: the Ministry of Transport is in favor of it but he, as an elected official, does not make it a priority at the moment. Above all, the president of Bordeaux Metropolis conditions any closure on two prerequisites: finding technical solutions to allow planes to take off earlier from the main runway and regulating night flights. All in order to fight against noise pollution.
This Saturday, January 22, he specifies: “About three years ago, Élisabeth Borne, then Minister in charge of Transport, had signed a letter in favor of the removal of the secondary track. But do not require the cart before the horse, the airport must engage in an eco-responsible direction. The new director is working there. This equipment must also be socially respectful of local residents. In this regard, he regrets that the Bordeaux platform is one of the few of this scale in France not to have acted on night flights. “For now, it’s open bar. Without asking to go as far as the ban, it is necessary to evaluate. This mission is the responsibility of the airport authorities and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). The others succeed, why not us? »
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Chairman of the management board of the airport company since August 2021, Simon Dreschel admits to having a plethora of files to tackle at the moment, including this one. “We are already concerned about it with the State. A key document is under development. This is the Environmental Noise Prevention Plan (PPBE). This tool will be presented when the time comes to neighboring municipalities and associations. There are bodies for this, in particular the Environmental Advisory Commission (CEC). “Exceptional” thefts (transport of organs, rescue, public service) obviously retain a derogatory regime. There remains the thorny question of commercial flights, in particular planes from low cost airlines which, during the high summer season, regularly land in the middle of the night. The interruption of these movements between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. is a major claim of the Eysino-Haillanaise Association for the Defense against Airport Nuisances (AEHDCNA). Its president, Jean-Claude Godain, deplores the current status quo. “A number of airports have made efforts. This is the case of Paris-Orly, Lille or Nantes. In Bordeaux, it drags. Or, the regulation of the European Parliament is addressed to all European international airports. »
“Let’s be careful how we approach this subject, nuance for his part Simon Dreschel. Imposing violent restrictions could weaken the bases of airlines (such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Volotea, editor’s note), and therefore reduce the overall offer from Bordeaux. He cites the example of another brutal end, that of the Bordeaux-Orly shuttle. “Air France had to lower the sail. In terms of economic activity and employment, the local impact is undeniable”, he says, pleading for “common sense” and an offer of services adapted to the territory. Beyond the regulation of night flights, Simon Dreschel emphasizes other levers, such as assistance with soundproofing work in housing. “More than 7 million euros have been invested since 2004 and 750 housing units have benefited from it. We must continue. There also remains the modification of the trajectories of the planes on take-off, another vast project to be finalized.
Secant track: “Still in the study phase”
The fate of the secant track is part of the General composition scheme. Currently being revised, this document aims to prepare the Bordeaux airport of tomorrow in terms of aeronautics, land accessibility and ecological transition. The so-called “preferential” scenario leans in favor of a closure. “Except that the State has not taken a final decision to date, specifies Simon Dreschel. The study process is long and rigorous. We are still in this phase. Closing implies additional infrastructure to improve the performance of the main runway, changes in aircraft trajectories to be validated to reduce noise pollution, etc. As for succeeding in convincing the bordering municipalities which defend the maintenance of the crossed tracks, it is another pair of sleeves. Health, living environment, safety and crosswinds, these communities have plenty of arguments to put forward.