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Heathrow Airport to Get 25,000 More Flights A Year

Heathrow Airport to Get 25,000 More Flights A Year
Jackie Reddy

Its third runway has not been built, but it has been reported that LHR has unveiled plans that will see flights to the facility increase by 25,000 before the extra runway is constructed. Some local resident groups, however, are protesting the impact that the increase will have on their communities.

London Heathrow Airport’s (LHR) third runway has not yet been built, but the BBC reports that LHR has unveiled plans that will see flights to the facility increase by 25,000 before this extra runway is constructed. In part, by allowing simultaneous take off and landings on its two runways which will allow for 68 extra flights a day.

This increase has been announced as part of the latest round of consultation at LHR, which begins on January 8th and will run until March 4th.

The outlet reports that, as part of this, the flight paths over the communities surrounding the airport will be altered to accommodate these extra flights. Certain residential districts, it says, will receive a respite from flight noise while other western parts of the city could seen an increase in noise.

Explaining the current situation in terms of flight path patterns, the BBC reports that, “Communities living near Heathrow airport are currently given half a day’s break from noise as the direction of take offs and landings is alternated during the afternoon.”

The plans to alter LHR’s flight path and increase flights has been met with opposition from some local residents and community groups within the western part of London.

In a tweet, John Stewart, the chair of the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN), said, “Heathrow is planning a near-revolution of its flight paths. Although runway alternation will be cut in West London (due to the proposed 3rd runway), it will be extended to vast swathes of London…”.

In an official statement, the airport has urged participation by local residents in the expansion process.

Offering her comments on the consultation, Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director for Expansion, stated, “Heathrow’s aim is to design a sustainable, fair and more efficient future airport while connecting the UK to global growth. It is crucial that our plans maximize the benefits of expansion across the country, including for the communities closest to us—and working in partnership with our neighbors is just one way of ensuring they do so.”

“We are committed to delivering expansion responsibly, and we encourage everyone to have their say and take part,” she added.

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  1. tvhead

    January 9, 2019 at 11:04 am

    This article would be much more informative if the percentage increase in facility usage these 25,000 flights would represent were included.

  2. cynosura

    January 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    ““Heathrow’s aim is to design a sustainable, fair and more efficient future airport while connecting the UK to global growth.”

    Hey LHR management, why don’t you visit LHR customs before spouting how your dream to be “efficient”? Customs is a hot mess unless one just enjoys waiting in long lines indefinitely, even with a FastTrack pass.

  3. Flight44

    January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Already LHR is overcrowded with too many flights. Reduce the number of flights, raise the prices, keep things safe and orderly. Sorted.

  4. Jackie_414

    January 10, 2019 at 10:19 am

    ” . . .simultaneous take off and landings.” Can you please explain the physics involved in this?

  5. alexmyboy

    January 11, 2019 at 5:21 am

    London Amsterdam etc boring cities that are busy. why not paris, Barcelona interesting cites that are hubs.

  6. IanFromHKG

    January 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    cynosura, Customs is not the responsibility of the airport, it is a government function (which is why the full name of the service is “Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs”

    Jackie_414, you need to add a few words from the article to the phrase you highlighted to make sense of it: “simultaneous take off and landings on its two runways” – meaning simultaneously having a take-off on one runway and a landing on the other

  7. IanFromHKG

    January 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Oh, and alexmyboy – Barcelona as a hub? Only for Level, which has a massive, globe-spanning operation of – er, 9 aircraft; and Vueling. Not QUITE the same league as Heathrow (hub for BA, VS) or Schiphol, is it?

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