Rt Hon Lord Lilley


    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, says he would back Local Councils in putting pressure on Luton airport to limit the number of night flights.

    He said: “I have long argued that it is bizarre that Luton is the only London airport which is not subject to central government limits on night flights – instead it sets its own policy which does not restrict the number of flight, only the noise level.

    “As a result, Luton had an average of 36 movements per night from July to September last year.

    “By contrast, Heathrow has only 16 to 18 flights per night and Stansted has 30 per night, even though they handle many more passengers than Luton.

    “So I welcome the motion that Councillors Beric Read and Teresa Heritage have tabled urging St Albans District Council to put pressure on the operators of Luton airport to introduce some limits on the number of night flights.

    “I hope other Councils will take similar steps to press for sensible limits on anti-social night flights.”

    Note for editors

    This is the wording of the motion to be put to the full St Albans District Council

    Proposed by Cllr Beric Read

    Seconded by Cllr Teresa Heritage

    “This Council calls on London Luton Airport Operations Ltd when they review their current Night Noise Policy with effect from 1st April 2010 to include an amendment placing restrictions on aircraft movements between 23.00 hours and 06.00 Monday to Saturday and to 07.00 on Sunday”


    Further information from John Allen