Leeds Bradford Airport under scrutiny over late-night flying

13.4.2010 (Guardian   Leeds)

* Council to consider report on problems with Islamabad flight breaching planning

posted by John Baron

Councillors will this week consider a report which details 32 breaches of planning
rules over noisy night-time flying at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

A late-running Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight to Islamabad has created
all the breaches in the rules, which are aimed at protecting residents in neighbouring
Aireborough, Horsforth and beyond from being disturbed by late-night flying between

Councillors (Leeds City Council) will discuss a report at the west plans meeting
on Thursday which shows that between November 2007 and October 2008, 15 flights
breached planning consent; between November 2008 until October 2009 there were
10 flights; and from November 2009 until February 2010 there were seven.

The flight is scheduled to arrive at 7.25pm and depart at 9pm.

The report said:

“The airport had encountered a few problems with the PIA flight that were beyond
its control, such as the late arrival of the aircraft, technical problems and
security incidents.”

Other issues, such as bad weather, had also led to late departures.

The airport says it is to bring the departure time of the flight forward, there
will be fewer departures and the airline will use a quieter type of aircarft.  
LBIA is also working on a noise action plan for all flights.

Councillors are recommended to request an update and firm timescale on the initiatives.