Case history: An assessment of the economic impact of airport noise emissions near Beirut International Airport

M. El-Fadel, M. Chahine

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a socio-economic assessment of noise impacts from aircraft traffic on communities near the Beirut International Airport. Mathematical modeling was conducted to simulate aircraft-induced noise emissions and delineate noise contour zones. An economic valuation of noise-impacted areas was performed using model-delineated noise contour zones coupled with population and home rental statistics. The same aircraft traffic data were also used to evaluate the effects of a different runway configuration to minimize the impacted areas and corresponding noise cost. When the current runways were used a total social cost of noise impact was evaluated at 16.9 million USD per year or 0.0038USD/passenger/km traveled. It is estimated that an 87 percent reduction in social cost could be accomplished by changing the runway configuration.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)30-36
    Number of pages7
    JournalNoise Control Engineering Journal
    Volume50
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2002

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