An environmental assessment of air traffic speed constraints in the departure phase of flight: A case study at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, Sweden
Journal article, 2012

This paper considers the environmental effects of airtraffic management speed constraints during the departure phase of flight. We present a CO2 versus noise trade-off study that compares aircraft departure procedures subject to speed constraints with a free speed scenario. A departure route at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport in Sweden is used as a case study and the analysis is based on airline flight recorded data extracted from the Airbus A321 aircraft. Results suggest that CO2 emissions could be reduced by 180 kg per flight if all departure speed constraints were removed at a cost of increased noise exposure below 70 dB(A).

Aircraft CO2 emissions

Noise abatement

Airtraffic departure procedures

Speed constraints


Henrik Ekstrand

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics

Deborah Louise Rushton

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics

Xavier Prats

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Tomas Grönstedt

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment

1361-9209 (ISSN)

Vol. 17 8 610-618

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Environmental Management



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