General information

One of the objectives of the policy of sustainable development adopted by the "Polish Airports" State Enterprise is to protect the environment and minimize the impact of Chopin Airport on the environment.

An Environment Management System based on ISO 14001 standard has been in place in the Enterprise for over 10 years. A comprehensive approach to environment management allows us to coordinate and enhance the realization of tasks in such areas as:
  1. noise protection,
  2. protection against air pollution,
  3. water and sewerage management,
  4. protection of soil and ground waters,
  5. waste management.

•    We have an aircraft-generated noise monitoring system – the most advanced system of the type in Poland – that performs continuous noise level measurements in the vicinity of Chopin Airport.

•    We have implemented economic mechanisms to encourage carriers to use modern aircraft fleet characterized by low noise emission.

•    We constantly cooperate with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency in optimizing the principles of air traffic organization at Chopin Airport, in order to reduce airport-related arduousness for the surroundings as much as possible.

•    We have our own treatment plant - for processing rain and meltwater drained from the airfield – and an additional network of separators to ensure protection of surface waters. The condition of surface waters that constitute the point of disposal of rain and meltwater from the airfield is regularly examined.

•    We constructed a system of holding tanks with the total capacity of about 40,000 m3 that ensures, among other things, protection of land located below the airfield level against local flooding during periods of intense atmospheric precipitation.

•    Aircraft de-icing tasks at Chopin Airport do not exert any negative impact on the environment, thanks to special de-icing aprons equipped with installations that allow sewage generated during de-icing operations to be intercepted and properly disposed of.

•    We have a modern system of photovoltaic panels that allow us to acquire electric energy by converting solar energy.

•    We have a system of piezometers that allows us to control the condition of soil and ground water environment. We regularly examine the quality of ground waters at the 1st and 2nd aquifer levels.

•    We realize a rational management of hazardous waste and other than hazardous waste. Waste is managed according to such priorities as: recycling, recovery and neutralization.

•    We cooperate exclusively with specialised companies that satisfy the most stringent requirements concerning technical resources, implemented specialised equipment and methods of waste transportation.

•    Our municipal waste management is designed to meet the legal regulations in force, while implementing the principle of selective and non-selective collection of such waste.

•    Municipal waste is collected by an entity that meets the relevant waste management requirements and provides services encompassing waste processing from the municipal waste generation site through waste transfer to appropriate plants for material recycling and energy recovery, up to the final neutralization of post-processing waste.

Quota Count System at Chopin Airport

Warsaw Chopin Airport introduced a Quota Count system used to coordinate night time flight schedules. Please find below the principles of the system. 

The Quota Count System is used at Chopin Airport to plan night time flight schedules, with night time defined by relevant noise mitigation regulations as a period of time between 22.00 and 06.00 LMT.

The „Quota Count” (QC) point calculation method for night flights involves allocating points to aircraft movements up to a single night point limit.

Aircraft taking off from and landing at Chopin Airport receive a specific QC point value between from 0.13 to 16.00 depending on acoustic parameters, based on aircraft noise certificates submitted by carriers.

The following aircraft Quota Count classification was assumed for Chopin Airport

Noise level in EPNdB Number of points in the Quota Count System
below 84 EPNdB 0,13
84 – 84,9 EPNdB 0,25
85 – 85,9 EPNdB 0,30
86 – 86,9 EPNdB 0,40
87 – 87,9 EPNdB 0,50
88 – 88,9 EPNdB 0,65
89 – 89,9 EPNdB 0,80
90 – 90,9 EPNdB 1,00
91 – 91,9 EPNdB 1,25
92 – 92,9 EPNdB 1,60
93 – 93,9 EPNdB 2,00
94 – 94,9 EPNdB 2,50
95 – 95,9 EPNdB 3,18
96 – 96,9 EPNdB 4,00
97 – 97,9 EPNdB 5,00
98 – 98,9 EPNdB 6,35
99 – 99,9 EPNdB 8,00
100 – 100,9 EPNdB 10,10
101 – 101,9 EPNdB 12,70
over 101,9 EPNdB 16,00

Aircraft are classified based on separate calculations for take offs and landings according to measurement data included in noise certificates. The values are calculated as follows:

take offs = [EPNdB(lateral) + EPNdB (flyover)] / 2
landings = EPNdB (approach) – 9

Using the above calculations the Airport operator prepares a table with QC points assigned to given aircraft types operating at Chopin Airport.
Total QC points for all planned night operations should not exceed the total QC point limit value for a given schedule season. 

The night time QC point limit available for slot distribution in each IATA schedule season is declared by the Warsaw Chopin Airport operator as a coordination parameter.

A 24 QC pts limit is assumed for the Summer 2017 season.

The QC point limit value is verified yearly. Irrespective of the annual verification, the limit value can be modified for a given schedule season, depending on noise monitoring results, as well as obligations imposed on the airport operator as a result of legal regulations or administrative decisions.

QCS Table