Civil Aviation Noise

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 October 2018.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport 12:00, 11 October 2018

It is important to recognise that the change in technology—the arrival of a new generation of lower noise, lower emission and lower fuel-consuming aircraft—will transform the environment around Heathrow and all our airports. One just has to listen to a Boeing 747 landing at Heathrow compared with, for example, one of the new Airbus or Boeing aeroplanes to realise the huge difference. As the older aeroplanes are phased out, I expect noise at all airports will be reduced, and that is a good thing.