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Major national and international news items are shown here. The latest items are at the top and an archive is maintained. Many of these items are also put into the ‘A-Z’. For more news, snippets and local items, see the Airport Watch web site.


What does the snap election mean for aviation?

Well, a few things actually. To recap, the Government released its consultations on national airspace and the NPS for Heathrow at the beginning of February. Meanwhile, the Transport Committee of MPs was appointed to provide official parliamentary scrutiny of the …

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MPs’ damning review of proposals to mitigate Heathrow environmental impacts

The Government has so far failed to prove that Heathrow expansion can be delivered within environmental limits, a committee of MPs has concluded. In a highly critical report, the Environmental Audit Committee said that its earlier warnings had not resulted …

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Commission announces plan for revisions to aviation’s participation in the EU Emissions trading system

The European Commission has announced plans to continue to limit the future coverage of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to intra-EU flights. Under the terms of the existing legislation this temporary “Stop the Clock” arrangement designed to improve the …

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Lower threshold for noise annoyance CAA study finds

Alongside the draft NPS for airports and airspace change consultation, the government last week released the CAA’s Survey of noise attitudes (SoNA). Noise from aircraft, affecting those living in the vicinity of airports and under flight paths, represents a serious …

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Airspace proposals promise better community engagement but limited noise reduction

The Department of Transport has launched a major consultation on reforming policy on the design and use of UK airspace. The proposals follow intense community pressure over recent years for the Government to act to prevent significant airspace changes being …

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