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Phun V.K.,Institute for Transport Policy Studies | Hirata T.,Ibaraki University | Yai T.,Tokyo Institute of Technology
Journal of Air Transport Management | Year: 2016

The maximum number of flights tolerated by airport-area residents is affected by their access to information concerning their neighbors who are affected by the noise. This study explored the effects of providing descriptions of noise exposure conditions on the tolerance of aircraft noise by residents living near Manila Airport in the Philippines. A questionnaire assessed different levels of noise in a hypothetical situation involving the affected zones. Face-to-face interviews were conducted using prerecorded aircraft noise presented via headphones. The information about the overall noise situation at an airport lowered the tolerance of overhead flights, compared to the baseline levels. The participants tolerated more flights when they were informed about the situation of people who were more severely affected by the noise than they were. This tendency strengthened with an increase in the severity of the noise situation in other areas. The economic benefits associated with an increase in air transport demand were also observed to boost noise tolerance. The findings provide insights into proper information provision, which should benefit the noise-management personnel of airports. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Fujisaki K.,Institute for Transport Policy Studies | Morita Y.,Institute for Transport Policy Studies | Kajitani T.,Institute for Transport Policy Studies | Yokota S.,Institute for Transport Policy Studies | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Earthquake and Tsunami | Year: 2014

The preparedness and the emergency management against tsunami are an increasingly important issue for public transportation operators. The current state of these two is studied by conducting the hearing and questionnaire survey for domestic operators, in addition to the hearing by the national and local governments, focusing on actual actions taken against the 2010 Chile Earthquake Tsunami and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami. Critical issues are discussed in order to promote the preparedness against Tokai-Tonankai-Nankai Earthquake Tsunami which is likely to occur in the near future. © 2014 World Scientific Publishing Company.

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