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Ealing Aircraft Noise Action Group (EANAG)

EANAG is a group of Ealing residents who campaign to limit the noise, air pollution and other environmental effects of flights going to and from Heathrow over Ealing.


 Notice of AGM

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Over the last 12 months Eanag's working committee has been meeting regularly and considering and summiting responses to he Government and its members. We hop that you will find this site informative and that you will feel free to send us your own recommendations to support our campaign.  

Agenda for meeting for members on 29th July 

Please see the attached document for agenda for the next EANAG meeting Click here 

Do Heathrow Airport’s noise claims stack up? 

Heathrow’s claim that a third runway will improve the overall noise climate seems to defy common-sense. It certainly leaves people at public meetings shaking their heads in disbelief. Is it true? 

To see full report click here 

To see the HACAN press realise on this subject click here   

Secretary’s report to EANAG AGM 17 June 2014

In August we responded to the Davies commission on aircraft noise. We said that the government’s noise threshold of 57dbleq was far too high, as residents were disturbed by noise at much lower levels

Click here to see full report 

Times Article "Boris attacks "untold misery" of Heathrow open 24/7" Boris speaks out to defend 1million people effected. 

Times Article: "Never mind the noise, Heathrow should open round the clock, says airport chief" A heathrow director feels that the local residents will just "get used to the noise"

2013 stories 

The Commons Transport Committee has rejected the idea of an airport east of London, and have recommended putting a third, and perhaps even a fourth, runway at Heathrow. They also back improving transport links to Gatwick and Stansted. (10 May)

London First - a pro-business group - have recommended in their submission to the Davies Committee that the cap on the number of flights at Heathrow be lifted, and that mixed mode be used to allow more flights to land and take off. They argue that improvements in technology and procedures will mean that the noise burden on neighbouring communities need not be increased. (9 May)

A report being considered by Heathrow bosses gives 10 options for expansion, which include building a new a four-runway airport near Oxford or Maidenhead.  Other options are for expanding Heathrow on or near its current site. The ideas have been prepared by consultants, but have not been endorsed by Heathrow, which will be making a submission to the Davies Commission in July.  (3 May)

A report by the Transport Committee of the GLA says that airport capacity in London is under-utilised, and that even Heathrow could handle more passengers if larger planes were used. The Chair, Caroline Pidgeon, said "As 700,000 residents already suffer from noise pollution as a result of Heathrow flights, we ... hope that any plans to expand Heathrow can soon be laid to rest.". The report will be submitted to the Davies Commission. (1 May)

EANAG members joined the crowd of thousands at a mega-rally against Heathrow expansion organised by Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith. Zac, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Ealing MP Angie Bray and Justine Greening (previously Transport Secretary) gave speeches, as did other MPs, MEPs and councillors, before casting their votes in the Richmond referendum. (27 April)

A new report by CE Delft says that claims about the economic benefits of connectivity are not based on solid evidence. The report will be submitted to the Davies Commission. (22 April)

HACAN's John Stewart looks at the Policy Exchange proposal for a four -runway Heathrow in his blog. He concludes that some areas would see a reduction in noise, but that there would be more flights and no respite periods, so "London and much of the Home Counties would remain under a sky of sound". (11 April)

HACAN have published a report showing that 9 of the top 10 destinations served by Heathrow are short-haul. Overall, 20 - 25% of flights are short-haul. They argue that if more journeys could be made by train, slots would be released for long-haul flights. Meanwhile,
Virgin's Little Red brand has started services to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. (7 April)

The Davies Commission have published a third discussion paper, on aviation and climate change. The Commission will use evidence submitted in response to the papers to formulate its recommendations. The deadline for this paper is 17 May. (5 April)

The Evening Standard runs a front page story with a shock warning from the 2M Group that noise from Heathrow would hit millions if it was allowed to expand to have four runways. A third runway would create significant noise in Mayfair, Belgravia, Hammersmith, Hyde Park, Regent's Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens, while noise from a fourth runway would hit south London, including Streatham, Tooting, Southfields, Richmond Park and Isleworth. (2 April)

A study led by the University of London has found that pupils in schools under the flights paths to Heathrow suffered an average two-month delay in reading. Hounslow Council has warned that the problem will worsen if Heathrow expands with a third or fourth runway. Meanwhile, Heathrow is lobbying to be allowed to expand. (28 March, 22 March)

The government has published its Aviation Policy Framework, replacing the 2003 Air Transport white paper.
Some campaign groups are less than impressed with the content. (22 March, 25 March)

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an Environmental Impact Assessment must be carried out for any project likely to have a significant environmental effect. This was in a case over the building / expansion of a terminal at Salzburg airport. A recent leader in the BMJ called for there also to be a Health Impact Assessment for large projects (see 23 Feb below). (21 March)

A former pilot has put forward a scheme to the Davies Commission to increase capacity at Heathrow by doubling the length of the existing runways. Planes would be able to land and take off from the same runway at the same time (ie mixed mode). In other words, this would mean local residents losing their half-day respite from aircraft noise. (11 March)

Passenger numbers in February 2013 at Heathrow were up on February 2012 by 1%, due to larger planes and higher load factors. The number of aircraft movements was down 4.2%.
AirportWatch note that the number of passengers last month was only slightly (0.42%) higher than in Feb 2008. (11 March)

The Sunday Telegraph reports further calls for the Davies Commission work to be speeded up. Zac Goldsmith (MP for Richmond Park) suggests that the interim report recommends just one proposal, rather than three, and that the remaining time is spent working out how to deliver it. (10 March)

Night flights:
a Daily Mail article discusses the impact on the Queen at Windsor Castle of the proposal for a easterly preference for night flights made in the Night Flights consultation document (see box above). Meanwhile, council leaders have urged Heathrow to scrap night flights altogether, because of the noise impact on the local community. Researchers have found evidence that a lack of sleep can affect the genes dealing with inflammation, immunity and stress response, which may explain why insufficient sleep can be a health risk. (10 and 6 March, 26 February).

The Davies Commission have issued a second discussion paper, on aviation connectivity and the economy. The paper includes a list of questions to which reponses may be submitted (deadline: 19 April). (8 March)

The Observer has published an article on the growth of hub airports in the Middle East, which are seen as major competitors to the existing European hub airports. (3 March)

Virgin is to launch Little Red to provide domesic flights from Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Heathrow Terminal 1, in competition with BA. It acquired the take-off and landing slots after BA took over bmi last year. (1 March)

An editorial in the British Medical Journal has pointed out the dangers to health from airports (eg noise, pollution, spreading diseases and climate change). The authors say that Health Impact Assessments should be carried out prior to major developments (currently these are not mandatory), and call upon the Department of Health and Public Health England to make their voice heard in the debate on aviation policy. (23 February)

Colin Matthews (head of Heathrow) says that the number of hub airports in Europe could shrink from 5 (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Paris) to 3, due to competition from Middle Eastern hubs such as Dubai and Istanbul. (17 February)

EANAG welcomes Heathrow Airport confirming that it is not planning to suggest mixed-mode to the Davies Commission as a way of increasing runway capacity. The statement was made at the second public meeting of the GLA Transport Committee investigation into airport capacity. (13 February)

Heathrow is to delay the second phase of works on Terminal 2, so they may not be complete until 2024, rather than 2019 as previously expected. The first phase of works will be opened in 2014, and this will allow Terminal 1 to be closed. The airport expects passenger numbers to rise from around 70 million pa now to about 72.6 million pa by 2018-2019. (13 February)

A group of campaigners, MPs, peers, and leaders of local councils have written to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to ask that the Davies Commission report well before the next general election in May 2015 (rather than two months after, as currently planned) and that Davies clearly lays out the direction of his thinking in his interim report, due late this year. This is to reduce uncertainty for business and local residents. (13 February)

Heathrow has published a report on Phase 2 of the Operational Freedoms trials, for the period for July to October 2012. It concludes that, on westerly operations, there were on average 22 flights on to the other runway, a tiny reduction in stacking time, and a lot more complaints. (If you are confused by the different trials currently going on at / round Heathrow, you may find this explanatory briefing from HACAN useful). (11 February)

The southern runway at Heathrow is to be re-surfaced between 3 March and 31 October 2013. The work will take place at night, so most flights between 10.30pm and 6am will land and take off using the northern runway.  This will affect the pattern of night-time noise around the airport. The northern runway will be re-surfaced in 2014. (7 February)

BA's Willie Walsh has told the Business Travel Show that he is pessimistic about the Davies Commission, and that a new hub airport would be "economic suicide". He also said that airlines would not back new runways at Stansted or Gatwick, and that he expected BA to be operating from a 2-runway Heathrow in 50 years time. HACAN's John Stewart has blogged that business seems to be now expecting that a third runway will not be built. (3 and 5 February)

Heathrow is planning to raise its charges to help fund a £3 billion plan to improve the infrastructure between 2014 - 2019 (eg extending terminals 2 and 5 and adding facilities for the Airbus A380), and to cover the shortfall caused by lower passenger numbers than expected, following the economic downturn. (3 February)

The Airports (Davies) Commission has issued two documents. The first gives guidance to those wishing to make submissions to the Commission on how to make the best use of existing capacity, or how to add new capacity, and the second is a consultation on forecasting demand. The Commission is also seeking views on the "sifting criteria" for the interim report. (1 February)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a new set of air traffic forecasts. These predict that the increase in air traffic will be 1%-3% pa out to 2050, compared to 5% pa over the past 40 years. They estimate that the south-east's airports will be full by 2030, but this may happen by 2025, or not until 2040. CO2 emissions from flights departing the UK are forecast to increase from 33.3 MtCO 2 in 2011 to 47 MtCO2 within the range 35 – 52MtCO2 by 2050. See more coverage from AirportWatch here. Globally, passenger traffic was up 5.3% in 2012, but cargo was down 1.5%. (31 January)

Transport Minister Simon Burns has told the British Air Transport Association that politicians, communities and the aviation industry must reach consensus in order to build a sustainable future for aviation. (30 January) 

The 2M group says that the distress of residents caused by the Operational freedom trials is being ignored by the airport operator, and wants a details social survey to assess the impacts of the changing noise patterns. It is calling on the government to ensure that the review of the trials includes analysis of the quality of life effects. (25 January)

Richmond are holding a referendum in May on the issues of Heathrow expansion and night flights. The council is hoping to demonstrate that the majority of residents are against expansion.  (24 January)

The aviation minister, Simon Burns, has announced that the Operational Freedom trials will now finish on 28 February, rather than 31 March. (24 January)

A report for the Commons Transport Committee says that a new hub airport would not be commercially viable without significant support from the taxpayer (24 Janaury)

The government has launched its consultation on night flights (see box above for details). (22 January)

Heathrow Airport Holdings (BAA as was) has sold Stansted Airport to the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) for £1.5 billion. The sale was ordered by the Competition Commission. (18 January)

The GLA Transport Committee interviewed a panel of witnesses as part of their investigation into airport capacity. The proceedings can be viewed via the webcast. The submission by the Richmond Heathrow Campaign mentioned by Murad Qureshi during questioning can be found on their website HACAN's John Stewart was on the panel - read his blog here, as was the AEF's Cait Hewitt - see the AEF comment and submission here. (15 January)
2013 is the EU Year of Air, in which air pollution policy will be revised. The UK government is currently facing a Supreme Court case over its failure to draw up a strategy to ensure that the UK meets its legal obligations on NO2 levels by 2015. An MIT report last year (see 12 October below) said that deaths in London associated with poor air quality could treble if a third runway is built at Heathrow. (8 January)

2012 Stories

The Institute of Directors has published a report called Flying into the Future, which says that 59% of members think that lack of capacity at Heathrow is damaging inward investment to the UK, and that adding a third runway there was the most popular solution. The report states that adding an extra runway(s) should be contingent on tackling the associated environmental issues of noise and pollution. It also recommends that improvements be made to the visa process for visitors to the UK. (18 December)

Boris Johnson is to include sites in the inner and outer Thames estuary, Stansted and possibly a fourth site in a study of a new superhub airport in the South-east. The Stansted option, which the Chancellor is thought to consider a strong contender, would involve expanding the airport to four runways. The results of the Mayor's study will be given to the Davies Commission. (17 December)

Residents of Richmond are to get a chance to vote on Heathrow Expansion in the spring, when the council hold a referendum on the subject. (16 December)

The head of IATA has called for a third runway at Heathrow - even if a new airport is built elsewhere. (13 December)

Issues associated with air pollution in London (including at Heathrow) are discussed in a paper from the GLA's Health and Environment Committee. Part of the Mayor's air quality strategy is to reduce emissions from planes on the ground at London's airports, especially Heathrow. (10 December)
BA is trialling bring planes into Heathrow at a steeper angle and landing further along the runway to reduce the noise for those around the airport. They are looking at moving from an approach at 3o to 3.2o. On a similar theme, Richard Deakin (NATS) told the Commons Transport Select Committee about the possibilities of approaching at 5.5o while the plane was 5-6 miles from the airport. He also warned the committee about the implications for airspace management in the south-east if a four-runway airport is built in the Thames estuary. Simon Hocquard of NATS pointed out that many planes departing from an estuary airport would be flying relatively low over London, unless they were routed round the capital, which would use more fuel, and generate more greenhouse gases. Read the AirportWatch coverage of the Transport Committee session here. (10 and 11 December)

Local MP, Mary Macleod, would like to see a decision on airport expansion before the next general election in 2015. The Davies Commission is not due to report until 2 months after the election. (See also below for 23 Oct 2012). (5 December)

Heathrow is to start a trial of noise relief zones for early morning flights
. About 17 flights arrive at Heathrow each morning between 04:30 and 06:00. The planes are to be directed to more defined flight paths, with the aim of protecting people in dedicated areas from unpredictable aircraft noise. The scheme is a partnership between Heathrow, British Airways, the National Air Traffic Service and HACAN. (4 December)

Airport chiefs disagreed in their evidence to the Commons Transport Committee. Luton, Stansted and Gatwick said they would like to expand, with second runways at Gatwick and Stansted being proposed, instead of a third at Heathrow, with Gatwick becoming a rival hub to Heathrow. In contrast, Colin Matthews (of Heathrow Ltd) said a third runway was required to maintain Heathrow's premier hub status. Willie Walsh (BA) said there was no business case for a new runway at Gatwick. (3 December)

BA's Willie Walsh said at a conference that he did not expect a third runway to be built at Heathrow. He also said that he was against the use of mixed mode to increase capacity. (2 December)

Boris Johnson has a vision for an entire town in the Thames estuary, along with a new airport - a so-called "aerotropolis". He was inspired by his visit to Hyderabad in India. (29 November)

Heathrow to tell Davies Commission that it won't pay compensation to those affected by noise if a third runway were built,
according to the Times. (This is disappointing for EANAG, who would like compensation payments to be extended to Ealing). Heathrow will also say that it needs a third, but not a fourth, runway to remain the premier international hub. (26 November)

Heathrow's plans to raise landing charges are opposed by BA, Lufthansa and Virgin, who say they are struggling to make profits now. The FT report says that Heathrow has not handled as many flights as it hoped over the last 10 years (although it's at 99% capacity!) (25 November)

A plan for a 5 runway airport in the Thames estuary is to be submitted to the Davies Commission.
It could handle 3 landings and 3 take-offs simultaneously, or 4 of each if there were 6 runways. Supporters say that it would take 7 - 8 years to build,  only 1 year longer than a third runway at Heathrow. It could be in use by 2025. Read the AirportWatch coverage here. (25 November)

Pillow talk: EANAG members joined other campaigners under the Heathrow flight path in Lampton Park, Hounslow, as part of the
European Day of Action against Night Flights. There were also protests in Germany, Belgium and Italy. (24 November)

New routes for Heathrow: Virgin is taking over some of the old bmi slots to offer flights to
Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen next year, and Vueling are to fly to Palma Mallorca. (19 and 23 November)

The Richmond Heathrow Campaign report that two elements of the Operational Freedom (OF) Trials have been cancelled. These are OF2, which allows departing aircraft to leave their flight path earlier after take-off, and OF3, which was going to reduce the number of flights arriving before 5am, but increase the number between 5.30 and 6am. (20 November) 

A new report from Frontier Economics says that lack of capacity at Heathrow may be costing the UK £14 billion a year in lost trade - although Colin Matthews admits that the figure should be 'treated with caution'.
AirportWatch are also sceptical. (15 November)

Colin Matthews, Heathrow's Chief Executive, claims that Heathrow is being left behind by Frankfurt and Paris in the 'gold rush' to China. HACAN counters that Matthews' figures ignore flights to Hong Kong, and that the bilateral agreement limiting flights to 62 per week between China and the UK, and the difficulty and cost for Chinese visitors of getting a UK visa, compared to one for the 26 Schengen countries, are also factors.
Read the AirportWatch coverage here. (14 November)

Local MP Zac Goldsmith says that we need a decision on Heathrow now, as dithering is bad for the economy and worrying for local residents. He asks why we need to wait for 3 years for the conclusion of the review, as most of the options have already been studied. He suggests having Heathrow and Stansted as a twin hub. (13 November) 

The 2M group have said that relaxing controls on runway alternation at Heathrow would be as bad as allowing a third runway. 2M represents 20 local councils and 5 million residents under the Heathrow flightpaths. (13 November)

This-is-Money reports that Heathrow Ltd will claim £11 billion - £18 billion in compensation if the airport is forced to close by a new hub airport. BA may also claim compensation. (10 November)

A Heathrow spokesman claimed at a public meeting that an increase in complaints about noise from west London residents was due to the 'wrong kind of wind'. The number jumped from around 200 in June to about 1800 in August.
See the Hammersmith and Fulham website report
. (7 November)

Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee will recommend that aviation is included in the UK's carbon budgets which aim to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and enable the UK to meet global climate change targets.
More information from AirportWatch (6 November)

The names of the five member of the Airports Commission lead by Sir Howard Davies have been announced, along with the terms of reference.
Read more about the commission members here
Davies said that all options for airport expansion were back on the table,  and also that compensation could be paid to people affected by noise if new runways are built at Heathrow or elsewhere. (This idea has been floated before - see below). There is to be an interim report by the end of 2013, which will short-list the more realistic options, and also suggest ways of providing short-term capacity. The final report is due in summer 2015, after the next general election. Boris Johnson has criticised the David Cameron for delaying a decision until 2015 as "toxic and disastrous".  (2 November)

The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation say that the UK needs a hub airport with more than three runways in the south-east, with rapid links to central London, and that if this can't be built at Heathrow, then it should be developed elsewhere. They also say that investors need confidence that any aviation strategy will survive a change of government. (26 October)

Boris Johnson and Maria Eagle (the Shadow Transport Secretary) have both called for the Davies Commission to report before the next General Election. Eagle argues that this would allow manifesto commitments to be made in light of the report's findings. Meanwhile, it is not clear if the government is planning to implement, or only consider, the recommendations. (24 October)

Local MP Mary MacLeod has asked the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to ensure the Davies Commission report as soon as possible. The terms of reference and membership of the committee have not yet been announced. She has also asked Hounslow Council to consider holding a referendum on Heathrow expansion, as Hillingdon and Richmond are doing. (23 October)

The Heathrow Complaints Unit is being overwhelmed
. They told a resident of Hammersmith and Fulham that they were no longer able to provide individual responses. The H&F council say that the number of complaints about the operational freedom trials  is 'soaring'. (18 October)

Ealing Council has renewed its opposition to a third runway at Heathrow, because of the effect of the associated noise and pollution on local residents. There are fears that the number of flights over the borough would rocket and that the roads would become even more crowded. (17 October)

Gatwick Airport are to look at options for a second runway, and present the results to the Davies Commission.
 Previous studies have found the project to be impracticable. Meanwhile, Surrey Council has spoken out against expansion at Gatwick and Heathrow, due to concerns about the environment. (17 October)

An MIT report says that premature deaths due to pollution could treble if a third runway is built at Heathrow. This echoes the concerns on air pollution in the 
GLA report, 'Plane Speaking'. The EU sets binding limits for pollutants such as NO2, which are currently exceeded at Heathrow, according to GLA modelling. An airport in the Thames estuary would be better for health, as the pollution would not be blown over London by the prevailing westerly winds. (12 October)

Boris Johnson's advisor, Daniel Moylan, says that Heathrow could shrink to one runway, and that re-developing the rest of the site (and possibly Northolt as well) could help fund a new airport in the Thames Estuary. Willie Walsh of BA has previously said that he would not want to leave Heathrow. (6 October)

A government advisor has suggested that a new four-runway Heathrow should be built just to the west of the current site. The report says noise would be reduced by banning the noisiest planes, and allowing planes to land on a steeper path. An alternative is to have four runways at Luton, although in this case, both Heathrow and Stansted would have to close.
Read the Policy Exchange report here, and read the AirportWatch coverage here. (5 October)

The Guardian says that the case for expanding Heathrow is based on a fallacy. The article points out that the number business flights has declined 25% since 2000, which undermines the argument that expansion would be good for the economy.
Read George Monbiot's blog here. (28 September)

The 2M Group (that now represents 5 million affected by Heathrow) says that building a third runway at Heathrow would only lead to calls for a fourth.
Read the AirportWatch story here. (28 September)

The Liberal Democrats voted against new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and against an airport in the Thames Estuary at their annual conference. Julian Huppert, co-chair of the Transport Committee, argued that there was existing capacity and that expanding aviation would risk missing carbon-reduction targets. Also, Transport Minister Norman Baker said that a high-speed link between Heathrow and Gatwick should be looked at. (23 and 26 September)

The Mayor of London has signalled that he may hold a London-wide referendum on the third runway at Heathrow, following plans by Richmond and Hillingdon councils to hold their own polls on the subject.
Read the Guardian article here. (20 September)

Bloomberg have reported that David Cameron could lose seats in the next election if the Tories change their minds on expansion at Heathrow. They could also lose votes in constituencies to the east of London if the estuary airport goes ahead.
Read the AirportWatch article here. (18 September)

The BBC has looked at the different options for expanding runway capacity, comparing Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, the estuary airport, Northolt, Birmingham and doing nothing. (18 September)

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is setting up his own enquiry into the Thames Estuary Airport or expanding other airports (but excluding a third runway at Heathrow). This will last 9 - 12 months, and so report before the Davies enquiry.
Read the Telegraph story here. (10 September)

Sir Howard Davies has been appointed to head the Aviation Connectivity Commission. The commission will examine the need for more airport capacity and identify ways of providing additional capacity in the immediate, short, medium and long term. An interim report is required by the end of 2013, but it will up to the next government to take any proposals forward.
The Guardian suggests that this could bring night flights on to the agenda, and that the "call for evidence" on capacity, which was expected imminently, has been shelved. (7 September)

Justine Greening has said that a third runway at Heathrow was "not a long term solution". She continued "We do need to look long term. One of the problems of the third runway – aside from noise, air pollution and surface access – is that it's not a full-length runway, it can't take the major new planes. The question then is, where would the fourth one go?" Nick Clegg and Downing Street have also said that the coalition agreement ruling out a third runway would continue.
Read the Guardian story here. (28 August).

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has complained about the government delaying the consultation about capacity in the south-east. He said that building a third runway at Heathrow would not be enough, and that the government should stop "pussyfooting around", and undertake infrastructure projects. Read the Independent's coverage here. (16 August)

The Free Enterprise Group have suggested that compensation could be paid to Londoners for the noise and pollution from a third runway at Heathrow. This echoes a report from the CAA (in Jan 2012, see below), that proposes that residents near airports could pay lower Council Tax.
Read the AirportWatch story here. (1 August)

Draft Aviation Policy Framework has been published by the government, responses due by 31 October. It covers aviation's economics, environmental impacts (including noise) and planning framework. However, the consultation on expanding capacity in the South East of England has been postponed until the autumn. Read the story on the BBC and AiportWatch sites (12 July)

The Free Enterprise Group, a group of Tory MP's, have proposed that there should be two new runways at Heathrow to boost economic growth.
They claim that this would be faster, more practical and cost-efficient than creating a whole new airport. Their report suggests various locations for the new runways, including building over the villages of Bedfont and Stanwell, to the south and west of Heathrow. HACAN's John Stewart said the MPs were fighting the tide of history. (9 July)

Willie Walsh of BA says that a third runway at Heathrow is off the agenda at the Evening Standard debate on aviation.
Read the AirportWatch report here. (28 June)

AEF have published a report which challenges the myth of an airport capacity crisis. They say that on the government's figures, passenger demand could be met with the existing infrastructure until nearly 2030, even if no limits were placed on airport growth. Our sister organisation, HACAN, have also issued a report to dispel myths about Heathrow expansion, as a counter to the campaign for expansion by the aviation industry. (25 June)

Economic impact of sleep loss - the government has committed to considering the economic disbenefits of sleep disturbance in the review of Heathrow's night flight regime due to take place later this year the BBC reports. (28 May)

Trial of 'operational freedoms' at Heathrow to be extended. The second trial will now run from July 2012 to March 2013 and there will be greater scope for BAA to vary departure routes and amend the night flight schedule. The overall number of flights will stay the same. Read more on the Department for Transport's website. (15 May)

Night flights banned at Frankfurt airport - a Leipzig judge has banned flights between 11pm and 5am at Frankfurt airport, after complaints from residents about the noise. The number of flights allowed between 10pm and 6pm was also reduced. However, he ruled that the fourth runway, opened last October, was legitimate.
Read the Reuters story here. (4 April)

Night flights - the government has decided to extend the current night flying regime for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted for two years to October 2014. Read the statement from Theresa Villiers here. The consultation on the draft Aviation Policy  Framework will now start in summer 2012 (rather than March) and will cover the general policy on night noise. The consultation on night flights will start in autumn 2012. (26 March).

CAA publish report on aviation policy for the future - it suggests that those living near airports could pay reduced council tax. Read
here how the Hounslow Chronicle covered the story. (10 January)

2011 Stories

CAA publish report on aviation policy and the environment - it states that Heathrow accounts for 28% of people affected by aviation noise in Europe. (20 December)

The London Plan - an
updated London Plan has been issued. In this, the Mayor confirms that he is opposed to an increase in the number of aircraft movements at Heathrow, and to mixed mode operation, and that he supports runway alternation and phasing out night flights. However, he does claim that additional runway capacity is required in the south-east. The AEF claim that no evidence has been presented to support this. The AEF news item can be found here. (6 November)

Heathrow to trial use of both runways to clear backlogs - it has been announced that Heathrow is going to trial landing planes on both runways at the same time, but only in order to provide extra capacity to recover from disruption. Currently,
runway alternation is used. There will be a trial of the new procedures from November 2011 to February 2012, followed by a period of public engagement, and then a further trial from July to February 2013 (extended from September 2012, initially to March 2013, but then revised to February). The results are being reported at (18 July, updated Jan 2012, Sep 2012, Jan 2013)

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