- Understanding aviation noise
- Improving impact management
- Quality of life interventions
- ANIMA in-depth interviews
In 2018, a consultation procedure was carried out around Frankfurt Airport in preparation to decide on a potential flight path change. The aim was to engage the public and allow political representatives and residents to share their opinions, concerns, and ideas regarding the possible flight path change. Integrating the results of the consultation procedure, a decision was made regarding the shift and testing of the potentially adapted flight path.
The lack of studies examining the impact of noise mitigation and noise management interventions on residents’ quality of life reveals a significant research gap and stresses the importance of future studies. A vast number of interventions are being implemented at and around airports worldwide, however, there is little known about their impact on residents’ quality of life and whether they are valued by residents. To shed light on this topic, further research is needed, including pre- and post-implementation surveys to identify a potential change in the impact on quality of life.
A few negative aspects were mentioned in the interviews, including the consultation procedure’s premise and execution. The current consultation procedure was mainly perceived as not being open-ended and participants did seem to experience a lack of trust to some extent. Despite these negative aspects, the majority of participants favour the general concept and the idea of conducting a consultation procedure engaging the public. These results show residents’ general appreciation of such a procedure and stress the importance of open and transparent communication and execution of a consultation procedure.
The consultation procedure itself does not seem to affect participants’ quality of life. However, directly asking people about the link between an intervention and their personal quality of life may not reveal any apparent relationship as participants may not be consciously aware of how a consultation procedure affects them. Therefore, a quantitative study linking people’s quality of life to the consultation procedure would provide additional valuable insight into this relationship.