London Assembly opposes any increase in flights at BAA’s London airports.
of flights operating from BAA’s London airports.
decision to reject a third runway at Heathrow, BAA may try increase the number
of flights from its airports by the back door. Members said BAA might seek to
do this by operational and regulatory changes like allowing mixed mode operations and
increasing the number of night flights. .
to the hundreds of thousands of Londoners whose health and quality of life would
have been damaged by the expansion of the airport. But that relief should not
be undermined by any back door attempt to increase the number of flights using
existing runways at Heathrow or Stansted. A shift to mixed-mode operation at Heathrow
could see another sixty thousand flights a year in London’s skies, we urge the
Government to resist any such attempt to get around their decision to halt Heathrow
reliable than a budget airline flight. We want the Secretary of State for Transport
to say to BAA ‘thus far and no further’. The residents of London cannot be expected
to tolerate any more flights in our already crowded skies"
Heathrow and the BAA announcement that it would not seek planning permission for
a further runway at Heathrow. However, this Assembly would strongly oppose any
increase in the number of flights from its airports in and around London by other
means, such as mixed mode operations, more night flights or expansion at London’s
government to any increase in flights, mixed mode operations, night flights or
expansion at London’s airports, and calls on the Government to firmly and openly
reject any increase in the number of flights at BAA’s London airports.”
same runway at any time or period of the day.
Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.