Night Flying

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many breaches of the night time flying curfew were recorded at each Northern Ireland airport in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what penalties have been imposed on the occasion of each breach.

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office

There are no night time flying curfews at any of Northern Ireland's airports. However, at George Best Belfast City airport, a planning agreement exists to control, among other matters, air traffic movements. Under this agreement, flights are prohibited between 21.30 and 06.30, however, an extended operating period (from 21.30 to 23.59) permits delayed flights to complete their journeys. In the past 12 months there were only two emergency medical flights, in June 2006, outside the planning agreement and therefore no action was taken.

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