Number of neighbours hit by noise from London City Airport soars, campaigners claim

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 September 2018

London City Airport. Pic: KEN MEARS

London City Airport. Pic: KEN MEARS


The number of people hit by airplane noise at London City Airport has soared, according to campaigners.

Campaigners from HACAN East during a protest marking 30 years of London City Airport last year. Pic: KEN MEARSCampaigners from HACAN East during a protest marking 30 years of London City Airport last year. Pic: KEN MEARS

In total 26,000 people are affected by noise at the Docklands based hub, a figure which has doubled since 2006, according to numbers crunched by group HACAN East, which campaigns against flight paths over east London.

Its chairman, John Stewart, said: “The London City story is significant. It is simple and stark. As more homes are built in the area, the number of people impacted is racing up the national league table.”

The group compared the number of people affected by living near the country’s airports with London City placed fifth among 17.

It claimed London City had seen the biggest rise, up from 12,200 people in 2006 according to numbers used by the group and published by the European Commission’s civil aviation authority.

A spokesman said London City Airport recognised that London needed more housing and east London boroughs played “a huge role” in supporting that.

He noted that more homes were being built around the airport including in the Royal Docks area.

“Yet the number of complaints we receive has been declining over the last few years. The complaints also remain comparatively low compared to other airports in greater London, with less than one complaint per thousand flights,” he said.

But Mr Stewart shot back that complaints to City Airport went up fourfold in 2016.

“Although they have come down from that peak, they still remain higher than they were,” he said.

The City Airport spokesman said: “As a considerate neighbour we offer a very significant sound insulation scheme and are the only airport in the country to operate with a five degree approach angle along with a range of other noise control measures.”

A consulation on the hub’s next noise action plan closed on Wednesday (September 5). It sets out how bosses plan to manage noise over the next five years.

It includes penalties for aircraft that break noise limits.

Heathrow Airport saw the highest number hit most by aircraft din with 725,000 people affected according to the figures.

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