Facing Noise Issues, Naples Stops Late-night Fueling

 - April 27, 2022, 10:30 AM
With new late night fueling restrictions to be imposed at Florida's Naples Municipal Aiport, its administrators are hoping aircraft operators will better adhere to the voluntary flight curfew hours. (Photo: Naples Airport Authority)

To address its growing overnight noise concerns, Florida’s Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF) will implement a new policy beginning May 1 to stop aircraft fueling operations on the field between 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

According to the airport authority, traffic on the field has increased of late. Operations during the voluntary 10 p.m.-to-7 a.m. curfew period have risen by 40 percent, leading to a rash of noise complaints. By limiting fueling in the overnight hours, the authority hopes to discourage flights during the voluntary curfew period. Exempted from the measure are public service operations such as the county sheriff’s office and medevac flights.

To better promote awareness of the noise concerns, the airport has adopted other measures such as adding curfew language to leases and contracts, installing live flight tracking on its website, and publishing lists of the top-10 curfew violators year-to-date and for the current month.

“These steps further demonstrate our commitment to being responsive to community concerns,” explained Chris Rozansky, the authority’s executive director. “Although the airport must remain open 24 hours per day, we hope that more aircraft operators will help us to be good neighbors by observing the voluntary quiet hours.”