The leader of the council has accused the Airports Commission of not understanding the problems experienced by people living under the flight path.
The commission plans to recommend more than doubling the number of night flights into Heathrow from next year, according to the 2M Group, an alliance of 24 councils against Heathrow expansion.
Ealing Council leader and 2M spokesman, Julian Bell, said the proposal to increase the nightly quota from 16 to 35 flights is ‘buried’ in a technical appendix to Sir Howard Davies’ interim report on airport expansion.
He said: “We shouldn’t have to dig deep into a technical document to find out increases in night flights are proposed.
“One arrival before 6am is one too many. People are entitled to a decent night’s sleep.”
Outlined under a proposal called ‘early morning smoothing’, Heathrow would be allowed to land additional planes between 5am and 6am, classified as the night quota period.
Mr Davies said extra flights would minimise delays and could allow the airport to manage with one runway for arrivals between 6am and 7am, instead of the existing system which uses two.
People across west London are deeply opposed to flights before 6am which affect their sleep and may be linked to health issues.
Mr Bell added: “Today there are 725,000 homes in the area around Heathrow where noise exceeds the standard EU measure for annoyance.
“There is just no credible environmental case for adding 200,000 flights to an airport (with a third runway) located in the midst of one
of the most densely built-up parts of the country.”
A Heathrow spokeswoman said: “We understand noise is a concern and at the moment we have arrivals on both runways between 6am and 7am.
“The idea we publicised in May last year was to move some of those flights earlier
in the schedule.
“That would mean more flights before 6am, but allow arrivals on only one runway between 6am and 7am – giving residents predictable periods free of aircraft noise.
“The purpose of the trial would be to understand whether people view this as an improvement or not.
“The number of aircraft movements per day would not increase as part of this.”
“Ultimately it is for the commission to recommend and the government to decide on how we can best deliver the capacity the UK needs.”
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