Sir Michael Fallon MP has cautiously welcomed Government proposals on night flight restrictions for Gatwick airport.
His comments anticipate the release of the Department of Transport’s Airspace Modernisation consultation document later this month.
The proposals on the Government’s role in setting noise controls at Gatwick airport from October 2017 to 2022 have been outlined in a consultation document called Night Flight Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, published earlier this year.
Michael said: ‘This report contains several proposals that I hope will be introduced as soon as possible. Measures such as noise quotas could lead to improvement for everyone. But I remain concerned about any changes that would lead to more of my constituents being affected by noise. I will continue to make representations in any future consultation.’
Michael has welcomed the Government’s decision to support a new runway at Heathrow.
Michael said: “This is the right decision. Airport expansion will boost our economy, showing that Britain is open for business. With its links to every part of the country, expanding Heathrow will provide the extra capacity and choice we need.”
Michael has given a cautious welcome to the independent review of the noise impact of arrivals at Gatwick Airport, which was published today.
Amongst its conclusions, the review proposes modifying aircraft and altering final descent procedures to reduce noise. Other proposals include the creation of an improved noise complaints system and measures to disperse arrivals to spread and reduce the impact of noise.
Michael said: “This report contains several sensible proposals that I hope will be introduced as soon as possible. Measures such as aircraft modifications could lead to improvements for everyone. I remain concerned about any changes that would lead to more of my constituents being affected by noise. I will continue to make representations in any future consultation.”