HACAN East is a residents’ group set up in 2011 to represent the views of people affected by both noise and pollution from London City Airport. A number of areas are also impacted by Heathrow flights.

Currently just under 85,000 planes use the airport each year.  It has permission for 111,000 from 2019.

Expansion Proposals

London City is currently consulting on its Master Plan which contains proposals to nearly double flight numbers from their current level, to end the 24 hour weekend break from flights, and to have more flights in the early morning and late evening. For details of the proposals of the vibrant campaign to stop them see our news page.

Flight Paths

In February 2016 London City Airport received permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to concentrate all its flight paths. 

But London City is now required to look again at its flight paths as part of wider flight path changes taking place at all airports in London and the South East. It will be holding a public consultation on options for future flight paths probably in 2021. The changes are part of a worldwide move from ground-based technology to guide planes in and out of the airport to satellite technology system. Flight paths will be narrower and more precise. Heathrow is committed to creating multiple flight paths so that the routes can be rotated to give each community a break from the noise (scroll down this page). HACAN East is urging London City to do the same and to work with Heathrow to coordinate their flight paths.

Details on flight paths on both our news and flight paths pages.

You can now watch and track the London City aircraft as they arrive and depart.  You can see the flight paths they use and, by inserting your postcode, you can see what happens over your home:  https://travislcy.topsonic.aero/

HEATHROW THIRD RUNWAY

A lot of Heathrow aircraft pass over, east, north east and south east London. They are higher than the City Airport planes but can be very disturbing. They also start earlier, with the first plane landing at Heathrow at 4.30am. In 2016 Parliament gave Heathrow permission to draw up detailed plans for a third runway. It is currently consulting on these plans. They will go to a Public Inquiry in 2020. The recommendation of the Planning Inquiry inspectors will go to the Secretary of State for Transport, probably in 2021. S/he will make the final decision on whether to give permission for a third runway.

For more details on the Heathrow Third Runway, go to the the site of our sister organisation: www.hacan.org.uk

HEATHROW FLIGHT PATHS

Heathrow is also proposing big changes to its flight paths. Changes will take place whether or not a third runway is built. The changes are part of a worldwide move from ground-based technology to guide planes in and out of the airport to satellite technology system. Flight paths will be narrower and more precise. Heathrow is committed to creating multiple flight paths so that the routes can be rotated to give each community a break from the noise. Heathrow will consult on its detailed flight path options around 2021.22, with a few to having the new routes in place a few years later.

For more details on the Heathrow FLIGHT PATHS, go to the the site of our sister organisation: www.hacan.org.uk