Aviation Noise

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


While I completely share the Mayor's continued opposition to a third runway at Heathrow, as he is aware over 700,000 people live under the flight paths to the existing 2-runway airport, many of them experiencing what amounts to all-day flying.  New technology which is expected to come on-stream over the next few years will allow planes to be directed more precisely so as to give people respite from the noise through the sharing of flight paths.  Will the Mayor use his office to ensure the people of London get maximum benefit from these changes?


Answer for Aviation Noise

Answer for Aviation Noise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to ensuring that the number of people exposed to disruptive and potentially harmful aviation noise by London's airports is minimised. I am keeping a close eye on plans to introduce new technology, and the associated 'Performance Based Navigation' (PBN) consultations and trials which are underway at Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

This new technology must be used correctly. It could lead to a deterioration of conditions for many thousands of people. At London City Airport for instance, it is suggested that a single consolidated flight path will be created, as opposed to a series of different ones which will be alternated. This could mean that those under the consolidated flight path suffer from a much higher frequency of overflying with little respite.