Court gives go-ahead for expansion of Zurich airport

The expansion of Zurich airport can go ahead Keystone

The Federal Court has thrown out attempts to prevent the expansion of Zurich's Kloten airport. The judge ruled that the fifth stage of construction could go ahead after considering several objections to the plan.

This content was published on July 7, 2000 - 15:06

The court rejected a series of requests to postpone building work at Kloten airport, including those relating to Germany's decision to tear up an agreement governing flights over Baden-Würtemberg.

The judge ruled that German complaints about the noise caused by flights to and from Kloten had no bearing on whether construction could go ahead.

Last month, the court extended a deadline for complaints against the airport's expansion plans, on the grounds that Germany's move, along with Switzerland's decision to allow an increase in noise levels at Kloten, might affect the outcome of the case.

Construction work at the airport began last March. The airport is to get a new docking terminal, additional hangars and new rail links within the next three years.

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