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Reducing noise

One of the Air France-KLM Group’s major priorities is to accommodate its customers’ increased demand for mobility while maintaining the noise produced by the operation of its aircraft at an acceptable level for populations living near airports.

This represents a major challenge for our airlines and explains why the Group has formalized its commitment to noise mitigation by making it a requirement enshrined in the Air France-KLM Principles (2020 revision to the social and ethical charter to include our policy in favor of human rights).

The Air France-KLM Group reduced its noise footprint by nearly 40% during the 2000s, whereas the number of aircraft movements increased by 18% over the period (excluding the Covid years).

40

%

reduction in noise footprint compared to the 2000s

In 2021, Air France-KLM opted to change the indicator linked to its noise footprint to align its environmental reporting with the ICAO reference framework. Thus 70% of the Group’s fleet respects the criteria for the ICAO’s Chapter 4 or 14 certification, the most exacting standards for jet aircraft noise levels in the market to date.

Reducing noise at source

Fleet modernization and improving operational procedures are the two pillars of our noise abatement strategy.

This is why, within the framework of its current fleet renewal program, Air France-KLM has opted for aircraft enabling a significant reduction in its noise footprint:

50%

reduction in the noise footprint with the A320neo

34%

reduction in the noise footprint with the A220

40%

reduction in the noise footprint with the A350

63%

reduction in the noise footprint with the Embraer
195-E2

Specific solutions are also sought to reduce the noise emissions from aircraft. Whenever possible, Air France-KLM implements continuous descent or NADP (Noise Abatement Departure Procedure) procedures which significantly reduce noise pollution. The SESAR program also aims to improve the management of noise and its impact through precision-landing procedures using satellite navigation and optimized flight paths, including optimized climb and descent operations.

 

Dialogue and the sharing of sustainable solutions

Air France and KLM invest in a permanent dialogue with all stakeholders in all territories. They meet with the representatives of local communities, the airport authorities and air traffic control to identify measures enabling a reduction in noise hindrance potentially affecting the inhabitants of areas located near airports.

In the Netherlands, KLM participates in the Het Regioforum which addresses issues surrounding noise with the local community. In France, this dialogue is mainly conducted within the context of the CCEs (Environmental Consultative Commissions) and CCARs (Advisory Residents’ Assistance Commissions) in which Air France participates at all the French airports where it has operations.

In 2021, the Air France Group’s contribution to the Airport Noise Tax (TNSA) paid to the French State amounted to €10 million. Its proceeds are allocated to help with the financing of sound-proofing for homes located around the main airports. Since the TSNA was put in place, around €16 million has been allocated to the sound-proofing of housing, to which the Air France Group has made a substantial contribution.

Around Schiphol Airport, all the measures to reduce the noise footprint have been implemented. Over the past two decades, KLM has contributed most of the total €750 million in noise taxes, devoted to the sound-proofing and compensation for loss of value in property around Schiphol Airport.

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