Heathrow Airport To Ban Night Flights In Runway Battle

Heathrow Airport has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to make the “right choice for Britain’ and give it a green light to build a third runway.
The airport, led by chief executive John Holland-Kaye, has written to the PM stating that it will exceed the package of conditions set by the independent Airports Commission which has already recommended that it, rather than rival Gatwick, build the UK’s next runway.
These measures include supporting a ban on scheduled flights for six and a half hours every night between 11pm and 5.30am after expansion planning consent is received.
It also proposes that the Environment Agency be given the role of an independent aviation air quality authority, to provide transparent scrutiny of the measures Heathrow will introduce to enable it to expand only in accordance with air quality rules. It will also establish an Education and Skills Taskforce to identify how best to develop the airport’s future skilled workforce.
Kaye, who claims Heathrow expansion will deliver up to £211billion in economic benefit and 18,000 jobs, said Heathrow had been a “cornerstone” of the UK’s economic security for the last 70 years and a symbol of an outward looking country.
"You set up the Airports Commission and it unanimously recommended expanding Heathrow. You demanded ambitious plans from my team to deliver expansion with a bold and fair deal for our neighbours. Today, I am proud to submit a comprehensive plan that meets and exceeds your demands. This is a big commitment from us, but it is the right choice for the country, local communities and jobs across Britain,” he wrote. "We have acted now to let you and your government make the right choice, in the long term interest of our country. It will enable you to choose Heathrow and secure a stronger economy and Britain's place in the world. Expanding Heathrow can help Britain win thousands more jobs and ensure that future generations have the same economic opportunity that we have enjoyed. "
It came as Heathrow said April passenger numbers fell 1.6% to 6million due to an earlier Easter break this year. However, volumes are still up 1.5% so far this year. Trips to China, Mexico and the Middle East are all flying high.
Gatwick Airport responded to the letter by stating that it “will provide the same growth and the same benefits that the UK has been waiting decades for without the noise impacts of Heathrow, without breaking air quality limits, at half the cost and with no public subsidy”.