Lufthansa Cargo at Frankfurt Airport. Courtesy, Lufthansa Cargo

A German court in Leipzig on Wednesday upheld a night-flight ban at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time.

Lufthansa Cargo (LHC) chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt told ATW last month the ban will cost LHC €40 million ($53 million) annually (ATW Daily News, March 23). “This is substantial,” he said. “The amount in turnover we lose is a three-digit million euro number.” The decision could also affect all future investments at FRA.

The ruling comes after a Hessen court ruled last fall that 17 night-flights would be banned when FRA’s fourth runway opened Oct. 21 (ATW Daily News, Oct. 12, 2011) following resident complaints of aircraft noise from nearby Russelsheim and Offenbach. LHC operated 10 of those scheduled nighttime slots.

FRA’s summer schedule has 4,630 weekly passenger flights to 304 destinations in 108 countries, and 235 cargo flights. Airport operator Fraport said the airport carried 56.4 million passengers and had 487,162 movements last year.

Among the top 10 major airports, FRA is the only one with a night-flight ban.