Increased aircraft noise

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/5114
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your answer to Question No: 2013/4192  "I am therefore writing to the Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport Ltd and the Chief Executive of NATS to ask them to explain what changes have been made to the flight paths in and out of Heathrow and why.",

Will you publish your correspondence with them and any reply received? 

Answer

Answer for Increased aircraft noise

Answer for Increased aircraft noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. I received a reply from Colin Matthews on 11 December. Both he and National Air Traffic Services (NATS) report that there have been no flightpath or airspace changes in the vicinity of Barnet. This reinforces my view that Heathrow's negative effects are felt far and wide across London, and many miles outside the 57dB noise contour the airport claims best represents those affected.

I was concerned to read Mr Matthews' statement that 'Heathrow impacts far fewer London residents than has been the case in the past'. While this may be true in the longer term, the Government's own figures show that the number affected has increased in the last 10 years.

I intend to respond to Mr Matthews to make these matters clear, and am more than happy to publish in full any correspondence I have with the airport and NATS on this vital matter.