Court upholds ban on night flights in Frankfurt

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2012 7:21 AM
Court upholds ban on night flights in Frankfurt

A German federal court has upheld a ban on flights between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. at Frankfurt Airport, the country's busiest and one of Europe's major hubs.

The state of Hesse, where the airport is located, originally gave permission for 17 night flights at the airport. But a state court struck that down last year and the Federal Administrative Court upheld the decision Wednesday.

Frankfurt last year inaugurated a fourth runway as part of efforts to increase its capacity.

Neighbors have complained about the disruption caused by night flights. The ban affects flights by the cargo arm of Lufthansa, which uses Frankfurt as its main hub. Airline CEO Christoph Franz described it as "a serious blow to Germany as a location for business."

Lufthansa shares were down nearly 4.5 percent at (EURO)10.09 ($13.44).