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30 sep, 2023

DronePort granted new permit to double flight capacity to 30,000 movements

Limburg Regional Airport at DronePort in Sint-Truiden has been granted a new permit, allowing it to handle up to 30,000 flights annually. Flemish Minister for the Environment, Zuhal Demir (N-VA), aims to secure the airport's future with this permit. "This environmental permit is designed to enable DronePort to realize its growth plans within the confines of its environment," she states.

Future expansion

Limburg Regional Airport (LRA) at DronePort, situated in Brustem, a part of Sint-Truiden, is set to double its flight capacity following the new permit issuance. This strategic decision by Zuhal Demir, the Flemish Minister for the Environment, is designed to secure the airport’s longevity and enhance its capacity for future expansion.

Regional Airport

DronePort, known for its focus on cutting-edge and technologically advanced developments in aviation, hosts a variety of flights, including both recreational and training flights with small aircraft. The LRA previously accommodated 15,600 flights, a figure that is now set to double to 30,000. March also saw DronePort NV welcoming Brussels Airport Company as a new shareholder.

Permit Conditions

The new permit comes with specific conditions. It restricts flying activities before 7 AM and after 10 PM and mandates a quarterly monitoring of air quality. “The purpose of this environmental permit is to enable DronePort to realize its expansion plans within environmental limits. The required monitoring plays a vital role in managing the environmental impact. The permit can be revised if necessary,” explains Demir.

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