The moment of truth

Lots of rumors and lies fly around the Wathelet Plan. An independent study has finally sought to factuallly etimate the population flown over by the new routes. The study is based on public population statistics (National Register), precise maps of flown over populated and radar data released by Belgocontrol

The results are absolutely striking: the number of inhabitants flown-over has dramatically increased, in total contradiction with the information communicated by the Transport Secretary of State cabinet van Melchior Wathelet.

- the number of inhabitants flown-over by the Canal-Onkelinx route (which concentrates heavy carriers traffic) is 339.638 people, and not "65.000" personnes as Wathelet pretends it;

- the number of inhabitants of the Brussels Region flown-over by the left turn increased from 14.236 inhabitants (former turn) to 229.593 inhabitants (new turn), resulting in a 16 times increase ! The new left turn actually makes a detour of 12,8 km above the Brussels Region.

The Conseil des Ministres 2008-2010 agreement introduced the following principles to apply to the flight paths definition : favoring the fly-over of the least densely populated areas and the shortest flight paths. The Wathelet Plan strikingly contradicts both these principles. These results call for an immediate suspension of the Wathelet Plan.

Step 1. Layering the radar data from Belgocontrol over the map of the Brussels Capital Region

 Step 2. Layering the radar data and flight paths on about 3,000 distinct population statistical zones (source: Registre national). Flight paths are centered in the middle of the radar traces.


Step 3. Calculation of the number of inhabitants flown-over within the flight zone defined as 1km from either side of the flight path. A zone of 1 km is where the most severe hindrances are caused,. In reality, hindrances spill over larger territories.



Underlying numbers and calculations

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