Walloon government grants Liège Airport environmental permit

The government of Wallonia has granted Liège Airport a new environmental permit. Nothing has changed from the permit that the Council of State had threatened to annul, but the motivation has been strengthened to meet the auditor's comments, including on the limit of 55,000 allowed flights per year.

In late February, the auditor recommended to the Council of State that the permit granted in January 2023 be annulled, threatening a closure of the airport. The Walloon government quickly opted for a procedure whereby the permit would be revoked and re-granted, halting ongoing proceedings while strengthening the legal basis of the licence.

The offices of ministers Willy Borsus and Céline Tellier confirmed on Tuesday that a new permit had been delivered. Liège Airport an "our international customers" are relieved by the decision, according to airport spokesperson Christian Delcourt.

The 20-year licence retains the limit of 55,000 flights per year. The government also approved a number of decrees implementing the licence and the territorial anchoring of the airport. Administrative sanctions if noise standards are exceeded are more severe, and more noise meters will be installed. The government is also committed to setting up a task force to analyse the problem of airport mobility.



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