HEATHROW wants more flights to land before 6am in return for restricting early morning arrivals to a single runway.
The airport's owner proposed the trade-off today (Friday, May 17) in its submission on short and medium term measures for aviation capacity to the Airports Commission.
It suggests ending routine arrivals on both runways before 7am in exchange for more arrivals on one runways between 5am and 6am.
Night flights are currently limited to 16 between 11.30pm and 6am, but Heathrow Airport claims changing the regime would give people a guaranteed period without early morning noise - probably on a one week on, one week off basis.
The airport's operator is not seeking more flights in the short term, focusing instead on improving reliability and reducing the noise impact on its neighbours.
As expected, it has rejected the introduction of mixed mode, where both runways can be used for landings and take-offs at the same time.
It says this would have a negative impact on people living under the flight path, denying them their guaranteed half day of peace.
Instead, it calls for flight paths to be redesigned to improve efficiency and route aircraft over less populated areas.
It also suggests ending the westerly preference, under which aircraft land or take-off heading west even when conditions allow otherwise, as this would mean fewer night-time arrivals landing over London.
Heathrow's chief executive Colin Matthews said the only real way to improve capacity at the airport was through a new runway but it was listening to residents’ concerns as it draws up proposals for the long and short term.
John Stewart, chairman of anti Heathrow expansion campaign group HACAN, welcomed Heathrow's commitment not to press for mixed mode.
He also described the proposed changes to night flights as 'worth considering', but said HACAN would continue to press for a complete ban in the long term.
Today (Friday, May 17) is the deadline for submissions to the Airports Commission, which is investigating the need for extra aviation capacity in the UK, on short and medium-term measures.
Interested parties have until July 19 to submit their proposals for long-term changes, with Heathrow understood to be considering a range of options including two new runways at the existing site.