Lack of information collected by the Civil Aviation Authority regarding flights over east and south east London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0165
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following a recent request for information from the Civil Aviation Authority (Environmental Information Regulations reference E0004023) it was stated that the CAA does not hold specific information on the daily number of flights from fixed-wing aircraft over east or south east London. Do you consider this lack of collection of information is acceptable, and will you consider making representations to the CAA to start gathering such data?

Answer

Lack of information collected by the Civil Aviation Authority regarding flights over east and south east London

Lack of information collected by the Civil Aviation Authority regarding flights over east and south east London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand that there are practical challenges in collecting information about the number of flights every day in a particular section of airspace. While there is certainly a need for a greater understanding of the noise impacts of aviation over London, it is also important to acknowledge that there are locations that are overflown by aircraft from more than one airport. With flightpaths being redrawn as part of the London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP), it is essential that we have a full understanding of the noise impacts today and the potential for reducing those impacts.

Government is scheduled to establish a new noise regulator “ICCAN”, as a body within the CAA, in January 2019. I have previously called for an independent and effective noise regulator and I remain concerned by ICCAN’s lack of independence or powers of sanction. Nevertheless, ICCAN could usefully collect data on the noise impacts experienced by Londoners and propose how they might be addressed.