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News from the AEF

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.


Government misses opportunity to reduce night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted

The Government has published its proposals for changes to the night flights regime for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, the only three airports in the UK at which the Government imposes noise controls. The Government sets caps on the number of aircraft …

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Government must prove that Heathrow expansion won’t breach climate legislation, say official climate advisers

The Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, this week challenged the Government to come up with an answer on aviation emissions if it wants to go ahead with Heathrow expansion. Deben set out the Committee’s concerns in …

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The case for taxing aviation

The aviation sector remains very lightly taxed. Exempt from both fuel duty and VAT, Air Passenger Duty was introduced as a way of ensuring that the sector makes some contribution to the public purse. APD has never been high enough …

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What answers has the Government found to the environmental hurdles facing a third runway?

With the Government now having officially announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow, despite having slashed the Airports Commission’s claim of a £147 billion benefit to the UK by almost 60% (referring instead to a benefit over sixty …

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Dark day for communities and for the UK’s chance of tackling climate change, as Heathrow announcement shows reckless disregard for environmental targets

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The environmental NGO, Aviation Environment Federation [1], which represents communities around the UK’s airports, has strongly criticised the Government’s decision to back a third runway at Heathrow. Cait Hewitt, AEF Deputy Director, said: This is …

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