use runway could result in up to ten extra flights per hour
Airways is one of three airlines backing a plan to increase
flights to Heathrow by 10 extra flights an hour. Proposals
are being considered to allow the two existing runways to
become dual use. This would allow planes to land and takeoff
from the same runway. At the moment the two runways are used
for separate operations and switched during the day at 3pm
to allow residents some relief from take-off noise.
will have to decide later this year whether to give the go
ahead to a third runway at Heathrow. If this went ahead the
number of flights would be expected to rise to more than 655,000
a year. When Terminal 5 was approved a limit of 480,000 was
transport department has already said that the third runway
proposed for Heathrow would be used for both landings and
take-offs throughout the day.
Lister Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council said, "Ending
runway alternation won't just mean extra flights. It will
spell the end of any kind of relief from landing noise for
hundreds of thousands of people in south and west London.
If this intensification of use for the existing runways is
allowed we can be absolutely certain that people in Putney
will suffer throughout the day from 4 in the morning to 11.30
The current consultation on the airport capacity proposals,
which now include Gatwick, ends on June 30th 2003.
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