Heathrow Airport

Transport written question – answered on 11th January 2006.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the first stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports consultation relating to Heathrow advocated a rise in the number of night flights over and above the existing movement restrictions at Heathrow; how many advocated (a) a reduction in the number of and (b) a ban on such flights in (i) the immediate short-term and (ii) the long-term; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

A summary of responses to the stage one paper has been published on the Department's website and includes some of the general comments made by consultees. The consultation posed nine questions about issues such as the way aircraft are classified for night restrictions purposes and the possible noise abatement objectives for the airports concerned. Consultees were not specifically asked for their views on what the number of night flights at each airport should be, as this matter was to be dealt with in the stage two consultation. Of the approximately 1800 responses to the consultation paper about 400 indicated in commenting that they would like to see an immediate ban or a commitment to working towards a ban on night flights. A large majority of these responses were from the Heathrow area.

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