Government sets out new night flight rules for London airports

Challenges continue to increase at London airports as number of flights increase.

There will be new quotas on the number of flights, as well as a lower noise limit at Heathrow and Gatwick; to be reduced by 41 per cent and 11 per cent in winter, and 46 per cent and 17 per cent respectively in summer. The government said local residents will be given a five-year guarantee about the level of noise they will be exposed to.

The restrictions take effect from October and will be in place until 2022.

Grayling also reiterated the government’s expectation that expanded Heathrow will deliver a ban on scheduled night flights of 6.5 hours.

The announcement follows a consultation on measures for new flights, which was launched back in January.