16th September, 2021
AEF has responded to Part 2 of the Government’s consultation on night flight restrictions and wider night noise policy which closed earlier this month. The key points raised in our response are set out below. To read our full consultation response, click here.
The Government states that there should be “a balance between the local and national economic and consumer benefits of night flights”, although no evidence has been provided by the Government to support these claimed benefits. Recently, York Aviation published a report commissioned by industry in which it set out a number of claims about the economic value of night flights to airlines, airports, and the wider economy. To assess these findings, the Aviation Environment Trust commissioned a study from New Economics Foundation. NEF found that York Aviation’s assessment fails to take into account critical economic impacts in the domains of noise, greenhouse gases, and outbound tourism. Furthermore, “York Aviation’s estimates of business productivity impacts are dramatically overstated, out of step with the latest academic research, and contain methodological vulnerabilities which have not been sensitivity tested”, NEF found. For the full report, click here.
In July, the Government published its response to Part 1 of the consultation. We believe the Government’s decision has serious shortcomings, and is likely to have eroded community trust and confidence in its engagement exercise. To read AEF’s full analysis of the Government’s response to Part 1 of the consultation, click here.