London Assembly votes to fight increases in airport flights

THE London Assembly has called for a ban on any more flights from London’s airports. It fears the British Airports Authority may try to increase flights “by the back door” following the Government’s decision to reject a third runway at Heathrow

By Mike Brooke

THE London Assembly has called for a ban on any more flights from London’s airports.

It fears the British Airports Authority may try to increase flights “by the back door” following the Government’s decision last week to reject a third runway at Heathrow.

Assembly member Murad Qureshi said: “Axing the proposed third runway has come as a tremendous relief to hundreds of thousands of Londoners whose quality of life would have been damaged.

“But that relief should not be undermined by any back door’ attempt to increase flights using existing runways at Heathrow or Stansted which could see another 60,000 flights a year over London.”

The Assembly is calling on the Secretary of State for Transport to tell BAA no further,’ that Londoners “cannot be expected to tolerate any more flights in our already crowded skies.”

Members voted unanimously to fight any increase in flights including night-time or any further airport expansions.

Yesterday’s debate can be viewed by webcast on the London Assembly website.