Delayed Heathrow flights make sleep ‘impossible’ for surrounding regions


Residents living below Heathrow’s flight paths are being kept awake until after midnight by an increase in nighttime flights due to disruption in the aviation sector.

West London Airport has apologized to those suffering from “greater disruption” as more planes arrive and depart later than expected.

Heathrow has no scheduled departures between 10:50 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., nor scheduled arrivals between 10:55 p.m. and 4:40 a.m., but take-offs and landings take place during times when planes are delayed.

Flight punctuality has plummeted in recent months as airlines and airports struggle to keep up with rising travel demand.

On Saturday evening, three planes arrived at Heathrow after midnight.

The latest was a British Airways flight from Kalamata, Greece, which landed at 12:31 a.m., more than two hours late.

Overflown residents got little respite, with the first flight scheduled for Sunday morning arriving at 4.33am.

A 49-year-old woman who did not want to be named said her sleep had been severely disrupted as the low-level aircraft departure had “a huge impact on those of us who now find ourselves directly below a flight path. flight”.

The woman, who lives in Sunningdale, Berkshire, 10 miles from Heathrow, told the PA news agency: ‘Constantly delayed late-night flights make it impossible to sleep before midnight.

“I usually go to bed a lot later now. It has certainly gotten worse over the past three months.

“There is no consideration and no effort on the part of airlines to fly planes higher when there is less traffic in the sky.

“I fear that if the government temporarily allows night flights throughout the summer, it will become the norm, which would be simply unbearable.”

John Stewart, who chairs the anti-aircraft noise group Hacan, said Heathrow had reduced the number of late-night flights, but “it’s now falling back due to chaos during the day”.

He added: “Residents of a very large area are paying the price.”

Heathrow said in a statement: ‘We apologize for the recent increase in late flights, which means our local communities are facing greater disruption.

“We understand the impact of nighttime noise and we continue to take steps where possible to improve our operational performance.

“Unfortunately, a combination of closed or restricted airspace and resource pressures within the wider aviation community means we face an exceptionally difficult summer season.

“Heathrow has made significant progress over time in addressing the laggards and we remain committed to doing so for the longer term.”


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