DfT consultation - night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.


The DfT has published Stage 1 of the night flights consultation which will inform the development of the next night noise regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports from October 2014.


This first stage consultation seeks views and evidence on a range of issues including the effectiveness of the current regime, the costs and benefits of future options and airlinesí fleet replacement plans. Additionally this consultation includes a review of current evidence on the costs of night flights, particularly noise, and the benefits of these flights. It sets out the Governmentís thinking on how it would expect to appraise the policy options for the next night flights regime and seeks views on its approach.


The DfT has also stated that as a first step to setting the next night flights regime, it is using this consultation to gather evidence to inform both the development of options for the next regime and the work of the Airports Commission.


At this stage the Government has taken no decisions on its preferences for the next regime. Specific proposals for the new regime, such as the number of permitted night flights, will be included in a second stage consultation, which will be published later this year.


The consultation closes on 22 April 2013. Details on how to respond are included in the documentís executive summary.


There will be an item on the agenda for the meeting of GATCOM next week suggesting the programme for the consideration of GATCOMís response.  Tim May, DfT will provide an overview of the consultation document at the meeting.


To view the consultation document click here


To view the Ministerís statement click here


The website address is: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flights-consultation