Emirates' Night Landings Plan Causes Anger
Council slams move to land larger planes through the night
Hounslow Council has challenged Emirates’ airline to prove its claims that night flight landings by its A380 planes would not keep people awake.
The A380 is the largest jet airliner ever built and is the world's first full double-deck passenger aircraft.
The council has issued a strongly-worded letter to Emirates to ask for evidence that its fleet of A380s should be given permission to fly in and out of Heathrow Airport between 1am and 4am - and thereby break the current rules.
Emirates claims its fleet of technologically advanced planes will make less noise because they land at a steeper angle and part-way up the runway.
But the Council says that people who live in Hounslow West and Cranford on the airport boundary live in what is perhaps the noisiest environment in Britain - and a steeper-than-usual landing style may create more noise pollution for them, not less.
The current restrictions on night flights allow a limited number of flights between 11.30am and 6am. BAA would have to gain planning permission to implement any change.
The night flying restrictions set by the government are consulted on and reviewed, every five years. The current restrictions on night flights run until 2014.
Rob Gibson, head of environmental strategy at the council, has written to Emirates to ask the company to defend the claims made in the Financial Times on April 9, 2012.
Rob Gibson said: “Emirates needs to provide the hard evidence to support their claims, specifically around the safety of their proposal and noise reduction.
April 19, 2012