New talks on Robin Hood Airport night flight plans

08.01.10   (UK Airport News)

New talks will be held next week over proposals to loosen restrictions on night
flying at Robin Hood Airport, the Express & Star reports, after the airport
re-submitted a consultation document to Doncaster Council’s planning department
to modify the night flying restrictions imposed on them this week. Following discussions
with the airport and consultation with interested parties and residents, Peel
Airports has submitted revised consultation documents that replace the documents
put forward in January last year.

Currently a ban exists on the noisier aircraft, known as QC4s, flying in and
out of the airport at night. The consultation documents seek to amend the number
and types of planes that may operate at night. The document proposes that the
aircraft which make the most noise – QC8s and QC16s – will not be allowed to operate
at night from the airport. The number of QC4 aircraft is proposed to be limited
to 100 movements a year.

Robin Hood Airport director Mike Morton told the newspaper that the airport wants
to ease the restrictions because it would give them more chance of attracting
freight operators. He hopes it could lead to 440 jobs being created in airfreight
by 2016. He said: ‘It would mean more revenue for the airport and for the local
region there are huge job opportunities on the back of these businesses coming

The consultation period closes on January 25, with the application set to go
before the council’s planning committee early in February. Residents wishing to
submit their views should do so in writing to Robin Hood Airport Consultation,
Directorate of Development, Development and Planning, Colonnades, Duke Street,
Doncaster, DN1 1ER.