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Airports (Noise)

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, in view of his Department's undertaking to bring about a progressive improvement in noise climate around airports, he will list the exceptions granted to foreign airlines, enabling them to continue to operate non-noise certificated subsonic jet aircraft to and from United Kingdom airports after the date from which such aircraft were banned, as detailed in the 1985 airports White Paper; and if he will give his reasons for doing so.

The exemptions are as listed in the table. Foreign-registered non noise-certificated subsonic jet aeroplanes have been banned from the United Kingdom 1 January under the Air Navigation (Noise Certification) Order 1987. Exemptions under article 16 of the order are made by the Civil Aviation Authority in consultation with my right hon. Friend. All exemptions are limited to day time operations. So far, 44 applications for exemption have been turned down.Under the terms of EC directives 80/51 and 83/206 exemptions have been granted by the CAA where a non noise-certificated aeroplane is to be replaced by one meeting the stringent Chapter 3 ICAO noise certification standard. (The period of exemption is dependent on the delivery date of chapter 3 replacement aeroplanes. The exemption for each aeroplane expires on 31 December 1988 or when the replacement aeroplane is delivered, whichever is the sooner).

Exemptions have been granted in exceptional circumstances beyond the airlines' immediate control. Such circumstances include the late delivery of hush-kits or hush-kit parts, the unavailability of a compliant aeroplane for technical reasons and cases where passengers would



Aircraft type



LebanonMiddle East Airlines2 Boeing 707s11 January 1988 (4 flights)Hush-kit delays
NigeriaFlash Airlines1 McDonnell Douglas DC831 January 1988 (5 nights)Hush-kit delays
UgandaUganda Airlines1 Boeing 7071 January 1988 (1 flight)Flight delay. Hardship to passengers
Saudi ArabiaPrince Talol1 BAe 1–11 (1 flight)3 January 1988Picking up hush-kit parts, en route for hush-kit fitment
ZimbabweAir Zimbabwe5 Boeing 707s3 to 7 February 1 to 10 June 1 to 20 JuneHush-kits being fitted pending delivery of Chapter 3 aircraft
LebanonMiddle East1 Boeing 70726–27 January (1 flight)Noise compliant aircraft grounded due to technical problems
KenyaKenya Airways1 Boeing 70727–28 January (1 flight)Noise compliant aeroplane grounded due to engine damage
SwitzerlandJet Aviation Business Jets1 BAe 1–1129 January 1988–31 March 1988 (9 flights)Hush-kit delays
Saudi ArabiaAviation Management Consortium1 BAe 1–1111 February 1988–30 June 1988Hush-kit delays
LebanonMiddle East Airlines1 Boeing 70723–26 January (2 flights)En route hush-kitting
ZambiaZambia Airways1 Boeing 70729 February-5 March (2 flights)Compliant aeroplane being maintained
GambiaGamair1 McDonnell Douglas12February-25March(6 flights)Hush-kits
LebanonMiddle East Airlines1 Boeing 7201 February 1988Compliant aeroplane unavailable due to technical problems

Exemptions have been granted for flights to and from the United Kingdom specifically for maintenance purposes. Such exemptions stipulate that the aeroplane is flown empty, in both directions, to reduce its environmental impact to a minimum. A total of 19 maintenance flights have been exempted involving 13 airlines and 15 aircraft—eight B707, five BAel-11 and two DC8.