Leeds Bradford Airport: summer night flight limit exceeded by 600,…

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Leeds Bradford Airport: summer night flight limit exceeded by 600,…

Leeds Bradford Airport: summer night flight limit exceeded by 600, say campaigners
2022-11-02 12:33:00
Leeds Bradford airport is currently allowed 2,920 flights at night (between 23:00 and 07:00) in the summer period, which is defined as 27 March to 30 October in 2022 – the same as British Summer Time.  However, local campaigners, GALBA, have found that there were about 600 more night flights than this, over the summer ie. almost 3,500. That comes to around 10 more per night.  The maximum number of night time aircraft movements  (ie. takes offs and landings) in the Winter Season at 1,200, and up to 10% of ‘unused’ night flights from the previous season may be transferred to the next season. So the airport has broken the rules on the number of night flights.  Leeds City Council confirmed it had received a complaint and was investigating.  Enforcement of the planning consent of the airport is the responsibility of the council.  There are serious concerns about airport bosses having “repeatedly claimed” the airport would double in size, and how that is possible, when there are strict rules on the number of passengers and, crucially, the number of night flights that can be operated. .Tweet   Leeds Bradford Airport: Night flight limits exceeded, say campaigners 1.11.2022 BBC The number of night flights permitted is determined by the airport’s planning consent. Campaigners have said Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) broke operating rules by running 600 more night flights than agreed during 2022’s summer season. Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) said the extra flights took place between March and October. Leeds City Council confirmed it had received a complaint and was investigating. LBA said it took its responsibilities “seriously” and would liaise with the council on any issues raised. Planning rules limit the number of journeys that can operate between 23:00 and 07:00 to protect the health of those living beneath the flight path. The limit during March to October this year was 2,920. GALBA said its monitoring, even allowing for permitted exceptions, recorded 3,496 night flights up to 07:00 on 27 October. The group said as night flights regularly exceeded 10 per evening the airport would pass the 600 total by the end of the month. Andy Tate, a GALBA member from Leeds, said night time flying was “bad news” for anyone living under the flight path. “The disturbance from these flights is a major cause of all kinds of serious health issues,” he added. ‘Raised eyebrows’ Fellow GALBA member, Ian Coatman from Horsforth, said despite dropping a planning application for a new terminal building in March, airport bosses had “repeatedly claimed” the airport would double in size. “That raised a lot of eyebrows because LBA is limited by strict rules on the number of passengers and, crucially, the number of night flights they can operate,” Mr Coatman said. A spokesperson for LBA said they “work closely” with Leeds City Council on matters relating to the airport’s planning consent. “We will liaise with them on any issues raised in respect of how that consent is implemented. “We take our responsibilities on operating flights seriously and will continue to report on them in an open and transparent way.” Leeds City Council said it was “investigating a complaint” made against LBA in relation to night time flights. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-63454006 . LBA Accused of Breaking Rules With Over 600 More Summer Night Flights than Allowed 1.11.2022 (GALBA –  Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport) Leeds Bradford Airport accused of breaking rules by making over 600 more night flights than allowed this summer Airport campaigners, the Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA), have made a formal complaint to Leeds City Council about the number of night flights from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) during this year’s summer season, which ended yesterday. The campaigners say that LBA has exceeded the number of night flights it is allowed to operate by over 600 flights. GALBA has asked Council enforcement officers to investigate the airport’s rule breaking as quickly as possible and take action to stop LBA flouting the rules. Ian Coatman is a GALBA member who lives in Horsforth, near the airport. He said: “LBA’s recent controversial planning application – which they abandoned in March this year – would have allowed the airport to almost double its passenger numbers. Although LBA tried to hide it, the most important part of that application was for a big increase in the number of night flights.” “Even though they dropped their planning application, LBA’s bosses have repeatedly claimed this year that the airport would double in size anyway. That raised a lot of eyebrows because LBA is limited by strict rules on the number of passengers and, crucially, the number of night flights they can operate. Now we see what they meant – LBA appears to be simply ignoring the rules!” To protect the health of those living under the flight path, the rules place strict limits to the number of take-offs and landings between 11pm and 7am. LBA’s ‘quota’ for the 2022 summer season (corresponding to British Summer Time) was 2,920. After taking into account permitted exceptions – such as emergencies or late arrivals of aircraft that cannot normally fly at night – GALBA’s monitoring reveals that LBA has significantly exceeded the night time limit. Andy Tate, a GALBA member who lives under the flight path in north west Leeds, said: “We’ve monitored the number of night flights over the summer season using real time flight data information available online. LBA was allowed 2,920 night flights but we have found that LBA actually operated an incredible 600 more flights than allowed. Night time flying is bad news for anyone living under the flight path. The disturbance from these flights is a major cause of all kinds of serious health issues. That’s why there are rules – to protect the public. We are asking Leeds City Council to

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