Campaign groups call for ban on Gatwick Airport night flights

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Campaign groups call for ban on Gatwick Airport night flights

Campaign groups call for ban on Gatwick Airport night flights
2021-03-24 12:40:00
Both community groups at Gatwick, GACC and CAGNE, are calling for a ban on night flights from Gatwick. “If night flights continue to be allowed, GACC argues they should be limited to those that are genuinely essential for economic reasons, not leisure flights, and that they should be far more strictly regulated.”  Successive governments have acknowledged that noise from aircraft at night has significant health, economic and other impacts on communities near airports and under flight paths, and have asserted that they take this very seriously. But there has been no bottom-up review of the UK’s night flight regime since 2006. Instead, the government has repeatedly rolled forward night flight limits set many years ago, without any re-examination of what we believe are the very limited economic benefits, whilst failing to take account of the increasingly strong evidence of the adverse physical and mental health impacts night flights have on communities. There is no reason to continue to operate services at night when there is ample capacity at times of day that have less serious health and community impacts. The first part of the DfT consultation on night flights ended on 3rd March; the second part ends on 31st May. .Tweet   Campaign groups call for ban on Gatwick Airport night flights Two campaign groups are calling for a ban on night flights from Gatwick Airport. By Sam Dixon-French  (West Sussex County Times) Friday, 19th March 2021 The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) and Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions (CAGNE) want to stop planes flying at night to reduce noise and health impacts in the area. A spokesman for GACC said: “If night flights continue to be allowed, GACC argues they should be limited to those that are genuinely essential for economic reasons, not leisure flights, and that they should be far more strictly regulated.” Chairman of GACC Peter Barclay added: “People’s health should be put ahead of cheap holidays and airline profits.” CAGNE said it is calling on residents in the area to respond to the Government’s night flight consultation, which ends on May 31. A spokesman added: “It is well documented that night flig

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