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Night Flying: East Midlands

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many night flights there were from (a) East Midlands Airport and (b) designated London airports in each of the last 10 years. (192417)

[holding answer 10 March 2008]: Night flights at the three London designated airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) are subject to restriction. With some exemptions, a movements and noise quota limit applies during the night quota period (11.30 pm to 6.00 am). The following table sets out the number of movements of aircraft subject to these controls. While there are restrictions on the type of aircraft that can be operated during the shoulder periods (11.00 pm to 11.30 pm and 6 am to 7 am), there are no limits on movements or quota during these periods.

Total number of movements in night quota period (11.30 pm to 6 am)

Heathrow

Gatwick

Stansted

Summer 1997

3007

8,095

2,821

1997-981

5,506

11,472

7,899

1998-99

6,194

12,467

5,451

1999-00

5,752

12,822

6,291

2000-01

5,886

14,324

7,260

2001-02

5,952

12,226

7,786

2002-03

5,977

11,954

7,695

2003-04

5,831

12,979

7,934

2004-05

5,843

13,939

8,958

2005-06

5,973

14,193

9,755

2006-07

6,238

12,909

11,067

1 i.e. Winter/summer. Note: The totals relate to movements covered by the Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted noise restrictions. They include some movements which were disregarded from movements limits because of delays to aircraft which were likely to lead to serious congestion at the aerodrome or serious hardship or suffering to passengers or animals; or because of delays to aircraft resulting from widespread and prolonged disruption of air traffic.

No similar regime involving a night quota period is in place at East Midlands. Flights are recorded on a calendar year basis and on a night period basis (11.00 pm to 7 pm). Accordingly, these data are not compatible with that provided.

Total number of movements in night period (11.00 pm to 7 am)

East Midlands

1997

16,071

1998

14,651

1999

14,731

2000

16,565

2001

15,418

2002

17,158

2003

17,468

2004

17,079

2005

16,544

2006

17,998

2007

19,888