Residents ‘dismayed’ that London City Airport is wanting to use larger planes

Posted on December 16, 2012

Residents under the flight paths are dismayed that London City Airport is intending to submit a planning application for major infrastructure works that will enable larger plans to use the airport.  London City says is will consult residents living near the airport over the next few weeks before submitting a formal application in the Spring.  London City has stressed that the new plans will not include any proposals to increase the number of aircraft allowed to use the airport.  It currently has permission for 120,000 take-offs and landings each year.  Currently about 70,000 flights a year use the airport.

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN East, which represents residents under the flight paths, said: “Residents will be dismayed by this news.  This constant push for bigger planes means more noise for many residents living many miles from the airport.  Not only are these larger aircraft noisier, but they can’t turn so tightly when taking off and so bring noise to areas previously undisturbed by planes.”


‘No Fly’ Zones at Night

Posted on December 6, 2012

For a trial period 'no fly' zones will be introduced at night to give people in areas of East and SE London a break from the noise of Heathrow aircraft.  Every second week people living in the areas will get no planes until nearly 6am.  The trial will last 5 months.

The trial is the result of HACAN East working with Heathrow Airport (as BAA is now known), British Airways and National Air Traffic Control. 

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BA chief Willie Walsh rules out third runway

Posted on December 2, 2012

British Airways chief Willie Walsh told a major conference at the end of last week (1) that he did not believe a third runway at Heathrow would ever be built and that his company was basing its future plans on that belief by buying slots from other airlines at Heathrow and expanding its operations in Madrid.

Willie Walsh told the conference organized by British Airways that it is “my personal belief that a third runway will never be built” and that “we are planning for life without it.”  He also said he was opposed to mixed-mode at Heathrow.

Walsh argued that a completely new airport “couldn’t be afforded”.

HACAN chair John Stewart, who was at the conference, said, “It was quite clear that Willie Wash has ruled out a third runway at Heathrow.  It leaves BAA, now known as Heathrow Airport, looking increasingly isolated in its support for a third runway.


(1). The conference, attended by hundreds of people, was organized by BA at its Waterside headquarters on 30th November 2012

For further information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641; 07957385650