Night flights at Heathrow Airport set to double next year

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By Teddington People | Friday, February 14, 2014, 15:49

It has come to light in documents published by the Airports Commission last year that the number of planes allowed to land at Heathrow Airport before 6am will increase from 16 to 35 from 2015.

The plans, published as part of last December's interim statement on growing UK airport capacity, says the move is intended to prevent the stacking of aircraft over London ahead of the morning rush-hour. The documents state that residents living under the flight path would be compensated as there would be a respite with no planes overhead every other week.

Although the report was published last year, the night landing figures have only just been highlighted after being found in a technical appendix by the anti-expansion campaigners 2M, representing 20 boroughs affected by Heathrow.

Richmond Council Leader, Lord True, said: "This sneaky proposal to increase the number of the most anti-social night flights is an insult to residents who are already disturbed by night flights, of which one is too many. I am afraid that yet again it demonstrates the failure of Howard Davies to consider the impact of his plans on residents. It is one more flaw exposed in his inadequate and ill-considered report."

An Airports Commission spokesperson said: “To protect the respite for local communities in the early morning period we have recommended to the Government a trial of early morning schedule smoothing. A trial provides the opportunity for communities around Heathrow Airport to both experience and comment on the impacts.”

      

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