We hope Heathrow will cut early-hours, disruptive, flights

Friday, 22nd July

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‘Heathrow’s summer of discontent cannot be allowed to continue to hit such large swathes of the population’

• NOW that Heathrow has announced a curtailing of passenger numbers as it struggles to cope with demand, residents around the airport are wondering when a reduction in night flights will occur?

The past few weeks have seen too many flights operating past midnight, with some even past 1am. This is unacceptable, particularly as flights begin to arrive again over some parts of London from as early at 4.15am.

The many hundreds of thousands of people under Heathrow’s flight paths must not continue paying the price for Heathrow’s recruitment backlog; staff they were keen to fire at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic but have struggled to rehire and train quickly enough to cope with demand.

As London and the Thames valley suffer record-breaking temperatures, we hope the airport will reduce flights at these disruptive times, when the heat means we’re already having difficulty getting a decent night’s sleep.

Heathrow’s summer of discontent cannot be allowed to continue to hit such large swathes of the population.

JUSTINE BAYLEY
Chair, Stop Heathrow Expansion

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