The International Air Cargo Assn. (TAICA) said a German court’s decision earlier this month to uphold a night-flight ban at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will likely result in “economic and environmental damage” and reduced investment in FRA by cargo airlines.

The court upheld a nightly 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. ban on flights that is intended to alleviate noise concerns around FRA (ATW Daily News, April 5), but TIACA noted those hours are “prime time for freighter movements.” 

The ban will “reduce future investment by companies at Frankfurt airport and could lead to job losses,” TAICA said in a statement issued Thursday. It added that the night-flight restrictions could cause “a negative impact on the environment from greater trucking operations if all-cargo airlines [are] forced to use other airports. Consumers can also expect higher prices for everyday items due to high supply chain costs.”

TIACA industry affairs committee chair Oliver Evans said, “The danger is that the decision made in Frankfurt could be repeated at other major gateways. If this happens, it’s not only the air cargo that will suffer. Local communities around those airports and national economies will also pay a higher price, both financially and environmentally.”