3 February 2016

For Immediate Release


From tomorrow (4 February) City Airport will be concentrating flight paths over hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and workplaces across East and south-east London.

The flight paths change will affect many communities across East and south-east London, including:

East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the west:

Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Redbridge, Barkingside, Collier Row, Harold Hill

East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the east:

Barking Riverside, Dagenham, Elm Park, Hornchurch

South-East London, affected by City aircraft when the wind blows to the east and Heathrow when the wind blows to the west:

Bexley, Sidcup, Mottingham, New Eltham, Catford, Dulwich Village, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall

Many in these communities will not have heard about these changes. Many parts of south-east London will now be overflown 100% of the time, as Heathrow aircraft fly over these areas on days when the wind blows to the west.

HACAN East Chair John Stewart said: "City Airport have completely failed to inform the vast majority of residents, who will notice a significant change in their daily lives. In many communities, a "noise ghetto" will simply be the most appropriate description for what is about to happen"

HACAN East is in discussion with lawyers about mounting a Judicial Review. We will make this decision in coming weeks.

City Airport announced its intention to concentrate flight paths in September 2014. The consultation document was buried deep on its website. 

HACAN East was left to hold its own meetings in Leytonstone and Wanstead during the Consultation period. (2) These meetings were attended by hundreds of outraged residents.



(1) Full information about the changes to the flight paths (page 26 indistinct map for South London and p27 for Thamesmead). (page 24 for Dagenham and page 26 for Leyton and Leytonstone)


For more information:

Rob Barnstone, Campaign Co-Ordinator HACAN East - 07806 947050;

John Stewart - 020 7737 6641;