Crawley Observer – Heathrow News

Heathrow plan is bad news
13th June 2018 – Crawley Observer
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Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
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Any expansion in aviation is a bad day for the planet as aviation is the most damaging for climate change and we do not wish misery of more aircraft noise on anyone.

If Heathrow does not go ahead it does not mean Gatwick will automatically be chosen as Stansted, and other regional airport all want to expand to have a slice of the profit cake.

It would also mean that the millions spent on the Airport Commission reported was all a waste of time. People really do want some sort of decision so that they can get on with their lives that they hoped the announcement by the Airports Commission gave them, but here we are still debating the facts.

Gatwick’s Achilles heel has always, and will always,be the lack of rail and road connections with the M23 going to one lane into Croydon, and the railway not being able to expand any further than it is today, even with the changes being made at the Windmill Junction at Croydon.

If Gatwick was full it would be full all year round but it is not as the winter months are quiet. Heathrow is also offering a night ban whereas Gatwick has never and their airline fleet mix demands 24/7 flying to Europe holiday destinations.

A few local firms have not supported Gatwick seeing expansion as all their Christmas’in one, but big business has strongly supported Heathrow as it brings money into the UK and is accessible for freight transfer from the rest of the country.

Gatwick is a major exports UK sunseekers overseas offering them a shopping mall with a runway and so not necessarily benefiting local high streets or firms, in fact clogging the roads and reducing air quality locally due to the traffic it brings to our potholed roads.

Gatwick should now focus now on dealing with the noise issues it has to the east and west of the airport as communities are blighted by noise day and night with many expected to tolerate multiple routes with no respite.

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

CAGNE contact details:

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website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

News from Gatwick Airport Limited

A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)

As we approach the busy summer season we have lots of news highlights to share. Each highlight has a link to the relevant press release for more information.

Business and Community

  • Gatwick’s new passenger app won Mobile Innovation of the Year at the National Technology awards, and also picked up Mobile App of the Year at the Real IT awards, along with Cloud Project of the Year after becoming the world’s first major airport to introduce a cloud-based Flight Information System (FIDS). website More…

  • Gatwick Airport has announced the UK’s first trial of end-to-end biometrics – where personal data collected at the airport’s self-service bag drops will be recognised by new automated self-boarding gates – simplifying and speeding up the process for passengers and reducing the risk of human error. The trial is being run in partnership with easyJet and is the first and most extensive of its kind in the UK. website More…

  • London Gatwick’s global success story continued in April with long haul connections +21.0% driving record cargo tonnage for the month, +23.2% on last year. 3.7 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in April with the airport set to further increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with Qatar Airways starting a new route to Doha in May – opening up greater onward connectivity to Asia and Australia. website More…

  • Our partnership with the Brighton Marathon gave Gatwick a high profile at this fast growing regional event, which attracted 12,000 athletes; 180,000 spectators; and 3,000 children who were able to participate in the mini mile free of charge due to Gatwick’s support. Our involvement aligns with our strategic themes of health & wellbeing; and Gatwick as a family friendly airport; with features including an airport branded family lane for race pack pick-ups and a Gatwick arrivals zone on the beach for runners to meet their supporters.

  • Gatwick partnered with the West Kent Partnership for the Grow Kent Business Conference in Tunbridge Wells. We took the opportunity as sponsors to share examples of how Gatwick supports a thriving local economy.

Noise and Airspace

  • The next Noise Management Board is being held on 27th June where the next steps in planning for the Reduced Night Noise Trial will be agreed, along with updates on Departures work and further planning for the NMB 2019 workplan.
    The second of the NMB’s topic specific workshops for 2018 was held on 23rd May, which focussed on Departures. website NMB blog will be updated in June with any key messages emerging from the workshop discussions.

  • We have met with the CAA to discuss our options and next steps around our Route 4 Standard Instrument Departure (SID) routes. In accordance with the recent Consent Order we are reverting the Route 4 conventional SIDs to their previous position but this will not in itself result in any changes to the tracks flown by air traffic. An Airspace Change Proposal for the Route 4 RNAV (satellite navigation based) SIDs will commence in the coming months. Andy Sinclair, our Head of Airspace Strategy, provides an update on the planned next steps in his latest website Airspace blog.

Kind Regards

Alison

Alison Addy
Head of Community Engagement
phone M 0744 959 3171
email alison.addy@gatwickairport.com
website www.gatwickairport.com

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

A message from Network Rail

Gatwick Airport Station Upgrade

The transformation of Gatwick Airport station has moved an important step closer after a planning application was submitted for a major redevelopment.

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, has submitted proposals to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year – up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Proposed improvements include:

  • almost doubling the size of the rail station concourse
  • eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways to improve accessibility and passenger flow
  • widening platforms 5 and 6 to reduce overcrowding
  • better connections to the south terminal with improved passenger information
  • an attractive new roof structure

The proposals will accommodate forecast rail growth up to 2036.

“The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Mainline – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

“Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”

John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route

“The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

“More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.

“The new station also complements the transformation of train services at Gatwick. Later this year trains will start leaving Gatwick for London with tube-like frequency – every three minutes – and new direct services will start to Cambridge and Peterborough for the first time ever.”

Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer, Gatwick Airport

“Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London. Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital

“The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station. This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”

Stephen Maccallaugh, GTR’s Head of Gatwick Express

Indicative project timeline
Crawley Borough Council will determine the planning application in spring 2018.
Funding parties will make a final decision on the project in autumn 2018.
Construction begins in 2019.
Project completion in 2022.

The project is subject to planning permission and a final decision by all funding parties.

Crawley observer – Gatwick News

Transformation plans for Gatwick Airport’s railway station
10th April 2018 – Crawley Observer
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By Joshua Powling
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk

Network Rail, in partnership with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport, is looking to reduce congestion and improve travellers’ experiences at the station, which serves 19m passengers a year, up from 7.5m 20 years ago.

The proposals, which have been submitted to Crawley Borough Council, also seek to provide better connections between the station, airport terminals and other travel destinations. The station’s concourse would be almost doubled in size, platforms five and six would be widened, a new roof structure would be built, connections to the south terminal will be improved, and eight new escalators, five new lifts and four new stairways will be provided. The project is subject to planning permission being secured from CBC and a final decision by all funding parties.

Construction could begin as soon as 2019 with completion estimated at 2022.John Halsall, Network Rail manager director for the South East route, said: “The proposals will transform passenger experience, support airport growth and, along with other upgrades of the Brighton Main Line – the £300m reliability fund and our proposals for Croydon – improve journeys and provide a boost to the local, regional and national economy.

Our proposals for the station are still being developed in detail and the submission of the planning application is an important step forward in this process.”Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport, added: “The new Gatwick station is set to reduce congestion and give passengers a much improved experience, including a more seamless transition between airport and station.

More than a million local commuters and business people also use the station each year and will benefit from this fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world class transport hub.” Jonathan Sharrock, chief executive at Coast to Capital, said: “Gatwick Airport is the most important driver of our regional economy and the railway station is the sixth busiest in the whole of the UK outside London.

Investing at Gatwick should be a top priority for the region and the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted to support this project – the new station will benefit passengers and staff at the airport and the many highly productive businesses based in Gatwick and Crawley.”Stephen MacCallaugh, Govia Thameslink Railway’s head of Gatwick Express, added: “The growing popularity of Gatwick and its increasing passenger numbers is a real positive for the airport and the station.

This news highlights plans to significantly enhance the customer experience and ensure the station meets the changing demands of the airport and its customers, and it will be greatly welcomed by our passengers and our teams that work at the station and airport.”Do you use the station regularly? Share your thoughts by emailing email the newsdesk.

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Airport rail links would destroy green belt
21st March 2018 – Crawley Observer
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Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
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Should we be looking to speed more and more UK citizens out of the UK on low cost leisure breaks when our coastal regions are crying out for tourism and income and aviation is one of the most pollutants when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change?

The UK has some of the most picturesque landscape of this world and the south east has an abundance of heritage and areas of outstanding natural beauty so why should be seeking to blight more of the south east with a high speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow as detailed in your article by Joshua Powling [Crawley Observer – March 14, page-9]

Any new railway line is to be welcomed as it is hoped that it will remove many vehicles from our much congested road network, but the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to investigate aviation growth.

It looked at a rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow which was termed ‘Heathwick’, something favoured by the now Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Commission found that the airlines did not welcome it due to point to point air travel which did not call for the transfer of passengers betriveen Heathrow and Gatwick.

The article by Joshua Powling needs to be viewed through tinted glasses as are we to encourage the destruction of green belt and countryside to boost the export of UK citizens overseas on low cost leisure travel that brings little into the UK pursel The amount of countryside, houses and businesses that would have to be destroyed by such a link would in our view be criminal.

Sussex, Surrey and Kent are already facing their current challenges of endeavouring to find land to build affordable houses so to suggest such a line can only be an added complication for more anti-campaigns to stop such madness.

Whilst we welcome the Government’s recent announcement to invest in the Croydon Windmill section of the Brighton Main Line railway, we have to hope that this will assist our coastal regions that are crying out of economic boosts through tourism.

We must not allow Gatwick to swallow up the freed up capacity these improvements will give to the Brighton Line but allow it to boost travel to our coastal regions and countryside and so help
the UK purse rather than encouraging mass export of citizens and in so doing reduce the impact aviation has on climate change.

Sally Pavey
Chair of CAGNE

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
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Gatwick Growth has ‘huge Impact’ on area
21st February 2018 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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phone 01403 751200

Gatwick expansion would be opposed by most residents of Sussex Surrey, and Kent according to a survey by CAGNE.

The three month survey by CAGNE (Communities against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) asked people about their concerns over airspace changes and their thoughts on Gatwick expansion with a second runway.

Picture by Jeffrey Milstein

A statement from CAGNE said: The results were unanimous, like the Airport Commissions work which cost the taxpayer £20 million over three years. Residents clearly do not wish to see Gatwick obtain a second runway as the growth currently is having a significant effect on their lives and well being now.

“The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has also just released a report on the 2016 movements at Gatwick which clearly show a 4% increase in aircraft movements at Gatwick and an increase in the number of people affected by the noise contours that it creates.

“In the CAGNE survey 61.09% of those respondents asked if they would support a second runway stated that they would not whereas only 36.40% would: unlike other surveys CAGNE offered the option of don’t know, which received 2.51%.

“Those that responded detailed that Gatwick is an inferior option for a 2nd runway – it is not in London and the infrastructure could not sustain it” also the flights are relatively low over the South Downs National Park and impact adversely on rural areas where there is very little ambient noise.

“Ihe noise and environmental effect of flights in and out of Gatwick arc having a huge impact on the quality of our lives and health, particularly during the summer months. In addition I believe this area is not suitable to support the infrastructure that would be required of airport expansion.’

“Questioned about night flights and respondents detailed that 36.82% would like to see a ban on night departures and 32.0% a ban on arrivals with 36.04% detailing that they are impacted by night noise, many admitting that they are€ not sure which routes in and out of Gatwick they are impacted by.

“The CAA report also shows that Gatwick has seen a 2% increase in night movements with 11,250 during the summer schedule (dispensations allow Gatwick to fly additional planes or move winter quotas over to the summer schedule) and allowing for a 60% increase in winter movements up to 3,250.

“One responded to the survey clearly detailing the emotions of many that responded to the survey: ‘The effect of a second runway at Gatwick would be – heavily increased traffic flow and severe congestion within Horsham and its environments leading to massive infrastructure costs which would not necessarily be effective.

Completely impotent rail service to London. Destruction of the pleasant ambience of Horsham as it develops rapidly into a metropolis.

If government reverses its decision on Heathrow, it should look to an expansion of Birmingham with its proposed fast travel links to London and northern England by HS2. Gatwick Diamond is only a collection of businesses with vested interests in supporting an American investment which will successfully divest itself of all responsibilities if a second runway were approved.’

*The survey also saw respondents from Gatwick Runway 2 supporters as well as groups from the Sussex, Surrey and Kent that oppose Gatwick growth due to the impact it is having on communities and the lack of infrastructure.

“NB: In view of the Gatwick Diamond member survey we would like to raise the fact that 33 Chambers of Commerce and international business support Heathrow expansion compared to those supporting Gatwick expansion.

CAGNE does not support expansion at Gatwick or Heathrow due to the impact both airports will have on the rural areas of Sussex and Surrey.”

See Other Article for the results of the Gatwick Diamond survey.

CAGNE’s Annual General Meeting takes place this Sunday, 25th February, at the Sussex Oak village pub in Warnham.

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Business group says members are ‘obviously keen’ on Gatwick growth
21st February 2018 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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Business group gdb (Gatwick Diamond Business) says it will continue to back Gatwick expansion, following its latest members’poll. The poll, carried out earlier this month, sought group members’views on whether Gatwick should have a second runway.

“The poll has shown that we should continue to support the development of Runway 2 at Gatwick,” said a statement from gdb. “The findings are in the table below, but show that 88 per cent of members who responded are in favour of a second runway at Gatwick whilst Z per cent are in opposition. The others were unable to express an opinion or needed further information on the issues.

“The poll gives gdb members the opportunity to further express their opinion and we will look to publish both supporting and opposing views, with permission; in the May edition of the Source
magazine.

Jeremy Taylor, CE of gdb, said: ‘As a representative body, we need to know what our members think and it is important that we check with them on crucial issues such as this.

Jeremy Taylor

“Whilst the runway debate continues, and the option of developing Heathrow is still under scrutiny by Parliament and the Transport Select Committee, our Member businesses are obviously keen to see this airport grow. These businesses are invested in the region, them and their staff live and work in the region around Gatwick so it is important we reflect their views.

“But I’m also keen to listen to those who oppose airport growth and look forward to hearing from them.

Survey results since 2014:
The group has published the results off our surveys, carried out since 2014.

“In previous years the survey has shown that there is strong support for the second runway from the membership of Gatwick Diamond Business,” said gdb.

2014 2015 2016 2018
Support 92% 85% 88% 88%
Oppose 3% 11% 9% 7%
Need more info 2% 2% 1% 4%
Abstain 3% 2% 2% 1%

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Firmly against expansion
1st November 2017 – Crawley Observer
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Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
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The announcement today [October 25th] that Gatwick will seek expansion with or without Heathrow expansion is not a surprise to CAGNE, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions.

Reasons why Gatwick cant be permitted to expand:

The Rail Can’t –

  • Even after completion of the Thameslink improvement, the South East Route states there will be unacceptable standing from as far out as Haywards Heath and by 2024 serious capacity problems overall (SRS pp39-40). By 2018,with or without a new runway, the SRS states (p52) that Gatwick passengers will be subject to significant congestion and standing on trains. Page references from South East Route: Sussex Area Route Study September 2015.
  • The £120.5m upgrade of Gatwick Airport train station – Gatwick apparently is only contributing 7.5% towards the total cost and the new platform benefits Gatwick.
  • Gatwick 2017 has set about lobbying the government for funding for over £2bn rail improvement. The Windmill Junction on the Brighton Mainline at East Croydon will cause years of delays for commuters and is only planned for natural growth of passengers in the south east not for Gatwick growth.

The Road Can’t –

  • If the Government purse pays for Gatwick’s 2nd runway infrastructure, how much will it leave for the Northern Powerhouse infrastructure?

The Gatwick Brexit effect
Talk of tax on European flights, airlines moving to Europe, Gatwick is still reliant upon European business. A debate will be heard on the subject ofBrexit and aviation on 30th October.

On average 89% of Gatwick’s flights are to European destinations, growth is questionable outside of Europe as it is dependent upon leisure travel, those that are badly impacted by recessions and the value of the pound dropping against the Euro. Gatwick boasts of Norwegian Airlines growth but Moody, for 2017 has downgraded them, so where is Gatwick’s growth coming from

Did you know that the Civil Aviation Authority say 58% More Brits fly out of than foreigners fly in. [i] So that’s £ out of the UK not into the UK purse!

Impact on regional growth
Flying from a local airport, working close to your job reduces carbon emissions and so enables local prosperity and reduces the impact on climate change.

Southampton, Bournemouth airport, to name just two, could be badly impacted by Gatwick growth as airlines are enticed by low landing fees, resulting in a decline of regional airports forcing workers onto the roads to find jobs at other airports, so how does this help emissions, road congestion and climate change?

If Heathrow build a new runway and so does Gatwick what will happen to the northern powerhouse if climate change targets have to be reduced?

  • Southampton passenger numbers are expected to grow from 1.84 million in 2005 to 3.05 million per year by 2015, to 6 million per year in 2030.
  • Manchester Airport details 3m, July 2017 saw an increase in aircraft movements by 6% ,with more than 20,000 take offs and landings at the UK’s global gateway in the North. Cargo also increased last month with 12,059 tonnes carried, an increase of 21% which sees the annual tonnage rise to 120,513.
  • East Midlands Airport grew by 3.1% to serve 588,000 passengers in July and Bournemouth Airport grew 1.2% to 81,000.

“surface access is not their problem” says Gatwick, but it is for the communities, far and wide as well as local authorities lack of budgets as do the Government.

Recent monitoring tests have shown an area north of Gatwick exceeds the EU legal limit.

Whilst this is almost entirely due to road traffic it is very similar to the situation around Heathrow but without any alternative to take the cars/freight from the roads – and this is now – so it would seem deterioration of air quality is highly likely for taxpayers around Gatwick Airport so sound reasoning says it cant be allowed to grow.

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

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Anti-Airport expansion group to hold meeting
15th February 2017 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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phone 01403 751200

Representatives from Gatwick Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority will be guest speakers at the AGM of a campaign group opposed to Gatwick Airport expansion.

Sally Pavey from CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) said: “We hope that as many residents from West Sussex and Surrey attend as changes in airspace, that already – affect them and those proposed to make the sky more efficient offers little hope for communities around Gatwick.”

She added: “It is about time that residents were put first over aviation and airport profits and greater emphasis was placed on communities quality of life and health compared to exporting more people out of the UK on budget airlines when the price is too great to communities quality of life and health.”

The meeting will take place on March 3 at Warnham Village Hall. Doors open 2pm.

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

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Views sought on bid to cut noise from airport flights
18th January 2017 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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The Government has announced new measures to cut the noise allowed from night flights at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.

Measures out for public consultation aim to encourage the use of quieter aircraft to limit the number of people affected by aircraft noise at night” while maintaining the existing benefits to passengers and the economy of night flights, said a Department of Transport spokesman.

Current night flight restrictions at the three airports expire in October 2017, and the new rules will last for the next five years up to 2023.

Gatwick Airport

Measures out for consultation include:

  • Reducing noise quotas at Gatwick by at least 17 percent in the winter (from 2,000 to 1,655) and 21 percent in the summer (6,200 to 4,870)
  • Setting a strict cap at existing levels for the number of night flights from Heathrow and Gatwick
  • Ending exemptions for almost 1700 night flights operating out of Stansted by including these in the new cap, setting a strict limit which the airport cannot exceed
  • Reducing the total noise quota at Heathrow Airport by at least 43 percent in the winter (from 4,080 to 2,340) and 50 per cent in the summer (5,100 to 2,540)

Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad said: This Government is committed to tackling the issue of aircraft noise, especially flights at night” which can be a blight for people living near airports.

Night flights are, however, important to the economy, creating extra choice for passengers and moving freight, and we need to carefully balance the needs of local communities with the benefits these flights can bring.

*That’s why we are encouraging the use of quieter aircraft by bringing in tighter noise quotas at the airports and setting strict caps on aircraft movements at night.”

Sally Pavey, Chair of CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) said we would like to see a total ban on Gatwick night flights as this is a major complaint we receive from communities. Summer nights especially when communities want to enjoy their gardens and have windows open on hot evenings.

The consultation will run until February 28 2017. For more information visit: website Night flight restrictions at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted

Night flights ‘serious impact on health’

Brendon Sewill, chairman of GACC, Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, said Gatwick had more night flights than any other London airport.

He added: “We are disappointed that there is to be virtually no reduction in the number of flights.

People across Britain arc kept awake by aircraft and there is growing evidence that this has a serious impact on health, so GACC’s aim is to see a ban on an night flights.

“GACC, however, welcomes and supports the suggestion by the Government that the permitted level of noise at night (the noise quota) at Gatwick may be cut by 20 percent over the next five years.

That will not only have an obvious advantage but it will force airlines to buy and to use quieter aircraft – and that will also have a benefit during the day.

Also welcome is the-proposal to reduce the noise quotas to the current level of use, that will not make any difference to the current situation but will prevent a potential sizeable increase in future years. It is something that GACC has argued for in the past.”