DfT decides to roll over the night flights regime for…

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DfT decides to roll over the night flights regime for…

DfT decides to roll over the night flights regime for 3 more years (not 2) for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted
2021-07-19 18:35:00
The government consulted, in December 2020, on its night flights regime (closed 3rd March 2021). Part of the consultation was whether to “roll over” the current regime for the three designated airports, (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) for another 3 years, and it closed on 3rd March 2021. The second part is about wider night flights issues for all issues, and that closes on 3rd September 2021. The DfT has now published its “Decision Document” on the night flights regime and the designated airports. It has decided – despite pleas from numerous groups and individuals for change – not only to roll over the existing scheme, but to set this for THREE years more, rather than the two years originally proposed. The DfT says: “The restrictions will be reassessed in time for a new regime to commence in October 2025…” Airport groups at the designated airports are upset and furious. Night flight noise is probably the most hated, and the most damaging element of aircraft noise. The justifications given for night flights, about their economic necessity, are unconvincing. Sadly, people living with night flight noise from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted will be stuck with the problem, at least until 2025 .Tweet   The DfT’s Night Flight Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Decision Document July 2021 is at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1003621/night-flight-restrictions-at-heathrow-gatwick-and-stansted-decision-document.pdf In this, the DfT says:  “Following this consultation and taking into account responses from industry, community groups and individuals, the following decisions have been reached. Firstly, the night noise objective and existing restrictions will be rolled over for a period of three years rather than two as originally proposed in our consultation. A two-year rollover, which would have necessitated consultation on new proposals in 2022, would no longer provide enough time for the government to have conducted thorough research to properly inform and develop a new evidence-based

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