Commenting on the publication of the Government’s decision on the new regime for night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:
“Airlines – and manufacturers – have worked hard over previous night flight regimes to invest in the development and operation of aircraft technology to reduce noise. Our member airlines have introduced over 470 new, quieter aircraft into service in the last 10 years. This is set to continue with a further 400 new aircraft still on order. This represents a combined investment by UK airlines of around £80 billion.
“We are concerned that the Government’s approach to night flights, as announced today, will no longer incentivise such investment in the future and penalise those carriers who have made early investment decisions involving aircraft now being included in restrictions.”