it was announced that campaigners have lost their battle with the
UK Government to ban night flights at Heathrow, the UK's biggest airport
as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that night
flights did not breach citizens' right to the "peaceful enjoyment"
of their homes.
year the eight members of the Heathrow anti-noise group, HACAN ClearSkies,
had won their case in Strasbourg last year.
that an end to night flights would cause severe disruption to British
airlines and give rival European airlines an unfair advantage the
UK government appealed.
McNulty Aviation Minister said: "The Government welcomes the
court's final judgment.
Grand Chamber has provided the much needed clarity that the Government
and others were looking for..... today's
judgment clears the way for a thorough review of policy on night flights
at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
the meantime, while the Government welcomes today's judgment, it will
need to consider its implications very carefully."
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