Airport neighbors brace as flights resume

The last birdsong before flights resume

Location: Villeneuve-le-Roi, France

Residents living near Orly airport

have a lower life expectancy

due to irritation and sleep loss

from airplane noise pollution

Source: Bruit Parif

They're savoring the temporary silence

before screaming aircraft engines resume

(SOUNDBITE) (French) STUDENT AND RESIDENT OF VILLENEUVE-LE-ROI, YANIS DARRAS, SAYING:"

"This town is very calm without planes. It's either a lot of noise with the planes or no noise at all. And now, not having any noise at all has changed everything. We realized that we were really affected by the planes because we end up not noticing them. And hearing the birds singing and the children running around where I live, it makes all the difference."

It's Paris’ second-biggest airport

But there have been 85% less flights

since it reduced services on March 31

(SOUNDBITE) (French) VILLENEUVE-LE-ROI MAYOR, DIDIER GONZALES, SAYING:"

"The population of Villeneuve-le-Roi has shrunk from 23,000 people to 18,000. We have really seen that people have been driven out because of the airport operation, it does not take into account the deterioration of other people's lives. So now, the airport must operate with respect to the affected residents."