Victory for residents at Ciampino



This looks like a big victory for residents at Rome's Ciampino Airport where the airport has been ordered to cut flights by 40%. For 15 years the residents, some of whom live less than 100 metres from the airport boundary, have fought the growth in traffic, mainly caused by Ryanair.


English translation below.


Ciampino wins against noise: after 15 years of struggle, the airport will have to reduce the number of flights

Via 35% of operating by 2021: the company Aeroporti di Roma gave in to pressure from the government. But residents are not satisfied: "long time, health at risk. The law says that the change must take place by 2018 "

by Valeria Costantini

Fifteen years of struggle and protests to put the Ciampino airport silencer. Then, now, the anti-noise plan presented by Aeroporti di Roma: a reduction of flights - from over 100 current to 65 movements per day - which would end by 2021. And that does not meet all those who during this long period he lived with the airport's air traffic "GB Pastine", the airport opened a hundred years ago with well quietest of the first Italian airship flights (it was February 1916). On 14 March, Adr, the management company of Rome's airports, was convened in hearing the Environment Committee of the Lazio Region, to explain the project to reduce noise. But when, in 2001, the airport of Ciampino - then reserved to the state and military flights - opened its slopes to commercial traffic, committees and municipalities have never stopped to seek clarity on the environmental pollution risk and cutting flights . With exposed and finished clinical studies even in prosecutor.

Cut to flights over 5 years

A reduction of 40% of the movements and, from 2019, using aircraft with less impact: it is the antidote offered by Enac and Adr for the impact of an airport by 50 thousand aircraft movements per year, 150 flights a day, mostly Ryanair, the Irish airline low-cost. The first anti-noise project had already been rejected in 2014 by the towns of Ciampino and Marino, areas where most impact on airport noise, in addition to the Capital City Hall VII. Are the times, long, the plan does not convince. "A turning point because for the first time you engage in a significant reduction - says Oriano De Luca, candidate of the center-left to Marino elections - but I can not but highlight the need for this to happen within the legal time, ie 2018. the health of citizens can not wait any longer! "( pictured Proto, the airport of Ciampino ).

Move the low-cost

Speed ​​up the procedures and technical committee with the Ministry of Transport to resolve the issue of low-cost: they asked after the hearing also Massimiliano Valeriani, Regional Democratic Party leader and Simone Lupi, Pd adviser Regional Commission Environment and Transport (and former mayor Ciampino). "Just to bonus Adr": the harder Criaac, the Committee for reducing the environmental impact of the airport of Ciampino (15 years on the front lines against noise). "The plan - recalls the spokesman Roberto Barcaroli - according to the law must be concluded by 2018, when they passed eight years from the conclusion of the Conference Services who called acoustic zoning."

decibel outlaws

Regional Conference in 2010 in fact, he had established himself as the noise from aircraft in Ciampino was well beyond the legal limits, to a "level that has already affected the health of residents, as certified the official epidemiological investigation of the Region Lazio back in 2009 ". Data on which citizens and municipalities of Ciampino and Marino have based the exhibits presented over the years, the notice issued to the ministries of Health and Transportation. A battle without respite, complete with a detailed study on the social and health consequences of long-term exposure to high levels of noise pollution.

Children at risk: 700 children monitored

2013 health survey, the study 'S.Am.Ba. "(Health and Environment in Children) realized by the Department of Epidemiology of the Regional Health Service of Latium, was made known by Legambiente Lazio and Criaac: highlighted how children of the airport surrounding area, they were much more likely (compared to peers in other urban areas) both cognitive and learning disorders that hearing impairments. Seven hundred pupils aged between 9 and 11 years of 14 elementary schools Ciampino and Marino, were monitored both in class and in their homes in the course of several years.

Out of time

"It is necessary that Adr fold your hand to others - is the summary of the committee -. The Lazio Region has set up a conference of services, investigation and no decision-making, on the problem of noise reduction, the results of which will be made available to the public at Ciampino, Rome and Marino that are the decision-making body. The Criaac argues that this Conference has to decide the reduction of the flights (60 movements per day totals as shown by ARPA Lazio in 2009) and the reduction should be operational by 2018 ".

The case "GBPastine" in Attorney

Now to investigate the trafficking of "GB Pastine" and overcome the acoustic limitations there is also the prosecutor Maria Bice Barborini that Arpa Lazio data in hand, take into account whether to proceed on the phenomenon of the planes flying at low altitude to shorten the time travel. Decibels outlaws had been confirmed by the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection pads (Arpa), of data relating to the 2011-2012 period. The Harp had also reprimanded relevant bodies and institutions, inviting them to "ensure that the exercise of the airport infrastructure operates in compliance with the laws and rights of the peoples concerned." It is short, awarded for "overcoming of airport noise limits and municipal acoustic classification in several measuring stations." The victory of the inhabitants of Ciampino is a first step, then, but the battle against noise can not stop there.

April 5, 2016







This looks like a big victory for residents at Rome's Ciampino Airport where the airport has been ordered to cut flights by 40%. For 15 years the residents, some of whom live less than 100 metres from the airport boundary, have fought the growth in traffic, mainly caused by Ryanair.