Saturday 24th November: European Day of Action against Night Flights – Pyjama Photocall under the Heathrow Flight path
On 24th November Heathrow campaigners staged an event in Hounslow (Lampton Park) as part of the European Day of Action against Night Flights. People whose lives are badly affected by disturbed sleep from night flights got together to say “Ban Night Flights” – with a colourful display of banners, pillows, duvets, dressing gowns, slippers, nightwear, and hot water bottles. The UK Government is expected to consult next month on a new night flight regime for the three designated airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. The current agreement with the airlines runs out in October 2014. Night flights are hated across Europe and demonstrators across Europe are also calling for the widely hated night flights to be banned. Events were staged in Belgium, Italy and across Germany. This day of action is expected to mark the start of a Europe-wide campaign to get them banned.
24thNovember: European Day of Action against Night Flights – Pyjama Photocall under the Heathrow Flight path
See below for German protests:
On 24th November politicians joined residents to stage a pyjama photocall as part of the European Day of Action against Night Flights. Demonstrators across Europe are calling for night flights to be banned.
Seema Malhotra, the MP for Feltham and Heston, and Murad Qureshi who chairs the London Assembly’s Environment Committee. joined the protest.
The UK Government is expected to consult next month on a new night flight regime for the three designated airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick. The current agreement with the airlines runs out in October 2014.
HACAN Chair John Stewart said: “Night flights are hated across Europe. This day of action marks the start of a Europe-wide campaigned to get them banned.
Seema Malhotra, Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, who is backing the campaign, said: “We’ve got to protect residents’ right to sleep. ” Seema Malhotra said: “Local residents around Heathrow Airport will be affected by night flights much more than others across Europe – and so it is right that our voice is being heard on this European Day of Action. I hope the residents of Feltham and Heston will make their views known and support the campaign.”
“We know the airport is an important local neighbour. We know the employment and benefits that come from that.
“There’s also a point where you have to say what are the needs of local residents.
“There should be a protected time at night so people know there’s a time when they are going to be able to get to sleep.”
For further information: John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650
and lots of photos of the German protests at
Aircraft Noise, for another week,thousands of people protesting
[Bad translation in English below, from the original German at link ]
Across Europe, people go against aircraft noise and for another week, to the streets. In Germany, the protest is directed especially against night flights at the new airport. Thousands of people move to Berlin in front of the SPD headquarters. They called on Mayor Wowereit for a clear signal.
More than a thousand citizens demonstrated in Berlin and other cities against aircraft noise. The protest richtetesich against the planned operating area for accompanied by margins Hauptstadtflughafenund against Berlin’s Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit of the SPD.
In the capital kamennach to police, around 1,000 protesters together. They moved from Potsdamer Platz to a rally at the SPD party headquarters. Around the airport in Frankfurt / Main BHL aircraft noise opponents hung protest banners from dozens of bridges. In Munich more than 300 people went to night-time noise on the street.
In Berlinkritisierten, Wowereit take the public’s concerns about aircraft noise seriously and ? deprivation citizens sichdem dialogue. The SPD must ask itself whether it wishes to remain a people’s party or a party for the clientele noise lobby. The organizers of the demonstration in Berlin Bürgerinitiativeals talking about 3000 to 4000 participants.
Referendum in Brandenburg
In Brandenburg derzeitder sprint runs for the referendum for a strict ban on night flights at term future capital airport between 22.00 pm and 6.00am. To 3 December must be 80.000 Unterschriften. In early November were zwischen 50.000 according to the organizers and got 60,000 signatures together. Berlin was the people desire Enge fails.
The new Hauptstadtflughafen BER Berlins airport should open after three postponement son 27 October 2013. Viele operation citizens are still waiting for soundproofing. The project cost was estimated at two billion euros in 2006, but is now expected to be 4.3 billion euros.
At Wiesbaden on Frankfurtbis Mainz and in the Taunus protest banners were installed on bridges, and a spokeswoman for the citizens’ initiative against the airport’s expansion said “Our resistance is unbroken, we still want to hold out for quite a while,” .
from the original German at
Protest makes noise for night flight ban
25 Nov 12 (From The Local – Germany’s news in English)
Thousands of protesters gathered in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt this weekend to demand a nationwide ban on nighttime flights between the hours of 10pm and 6am as part of a European Day of Action against night flights.
Expansion opponents plan “Bridge Day”
Jochen Krauss, co-initiator of the “Bridge Day”, is prepared: Even the airport expansion opponent has around 20 posters saying “night-flying 22-6 Clock – Stop airport expansion” picked up from a Mainz printing. On Saturday he will distribute it to his followers.
Jochen Krauss and Alfred Mannel unpacking the posters. Tomorrow they will hang at selected bridges. Photo: Hamerski
To draw attention to the aircraft noise pollution in the Rhine-Main area, want to decorate numerous citizens’ groups from across the region some 40 bridges in Frankfurt and the surrounding area with highly visible protest posters. The action should take place 14 to 16 clock. The initiators hope that more noise sufferers connect spontaneously.
The so-called “Bridge Day” is part of a global mass demonstration. Nationwide protest campaigns against aircraft noise and for bans on night flights are planned. The Frankfurt expansion opponents let produce five meters wide banners to their protest to emphasize – the conspicuous, the better, they say. During the two-hour action representatives of citizens’ groups are available at the bridgeheads to passersby to raise their concerns and find support.
Also in London, Brussels and Paris tomorrow demonstrations are planned. “One of our posters we will send a sign of solidarity to London Heathrow,” says Jochen Krauss.
In addition to the airport operators in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer especially (CDU) is coming under fire. Ramsauer have introduced just two weeks ago a manual for better citizen participation in major traffic projects operate, but at the same airport policy after lord of the manor, criticizes Helmut Breidenbach, president of the Confederation against aircraft noise. (mov)
For details of the events in Germany: Jochen Krauss, 0049-170-38 44 622, firstname.lastname@example.org, based in Frankfurt
Florian Sperk, 0049-176-830 79 549; email@example.com, based in Munich