I am very pleased to see that the Government has launched a consultation on night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
The Transport Minister for Aviation, International Trade and Europe – Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon – has made clear that “the Government acknowledges that noise at night represents the least acceptable form of aircraft noise, however, night flights are important to the economy – they create extra choice for passengers and are crucial for operation of the time sensitive freight sector. The proposals in our consultation will ensure that we continue to balance these competing interests.”
The consultation seeks views and evidence relating to the Government proposals that will inform an eventual decision on the restrictions later in the year. The relevant documents can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flight-restrictions-at-gatwick-heathrow-and-stansted and consultation responses can be submitted using the response form at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/J6KX6.