Night flights

PUBLISHED: 10:17 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

SIR — I don t like to accuse a lady of being economical with the truth, but...... the Luton Airport spokesperson (Herts Advertiser, January 22) was reading from a strange hymn sheet when she claimed that there were more night flights at Luton in 2000 than

SIR - I don't like to accuse a lady of being economical with the truth, but...... the Luton Airport spokesperson (Herts Advertiser, January 22) was reading from a strange hymn sheet when she claimed that there were more night flights at Luton in 2000 than in 2007 -- the airport's own Annual Monitoring Reports for the years in question show a total of 7,055 in 2000, as against 10,290 in 2007.

She also referred to the number of passengers flying during the night - but no matter how loudly they snore, it's aircraft movements, not passengers, that make the noise and the proportion of movements, during the period that Luton likes to define as "night" is nine per cent of total movements, again as the monitoring report makes clear.

John Davis of LADACAN (Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise)is absolutely right. The airport is creating an ever-larger night noise problem to the communities which surround it. Its refusal even to talk about it, let alone to do something about it, is shameful and puts a curious light on its so-called Community Engagement Strategy, let alone its relationship with the Airport Consultative Committee.

He's also right that there is no logical linkage between a new Master Plan and the updating of a Night Noise Policy - and Luton's "Master Plans" have been either ephemeral or non-existent over the last few years.

MICHAEL NIDD,

Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead.

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