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Decision Time: New flightpath animation shows expanded Heathrow overflying 70 times the population of Gatwick

Posted: 17 October 2016 | International Airport Review | 1 comment

New animations comparing the number of people overflown with a new runway have been published today – with Heathrow impacting 70 times the population at Gatwick…

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  • Areas never flown over before include parts of Kensington, Notting Hill, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush
  • Gatwick to cap the number most affected by noise and pay their council tax
  • Heathrow expansion comes with up to £25 billion health cost, according to Airports Commission research, compared to £1.5 billion for Gatwick

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New animations comparing the number of people overflown with a new runway have been published today – with Heathrow impacting 70 times the population at Gatwick.




The animations show new flightpaths into each airport side-by-side using Googlearth, with Heathrow overflying 278,000 people compared to 3,800 at Gatwick. 

The animations have been published on the day Gatwick restated its pledge to both cap the number of people most affected by noise, and pay £1000 towards their council tax, should the airport win the green light to build a new runway.

The Airports Commission’s own research says that the noise impact of an expanded Heathrow will generate up to £25 billion in health costs over 60 years, and £1.5 billion for Gatwick.

The flightpath shown is one of several new flightpaths which would cross highly populated areas of London never flown over before including St. Johns Wood, Maida Vale, Kensington, Notting Hill, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush, and famous landmarks such as Regents Park and Lords Cricket Ground.

Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said:

“The difference in noise impact between the two schemes is stark. We have to decide whether to ignore the views of a million Londoners whose health will be affected by constant noise, or expand Gatwick, the environmentally responsible option where we can cap the number most affected by noise.  

“Gatwick’s new runway will deliver the same economic benefit faster and at half the cost, meaning we can finally reap the benefits of new capacity and demonstrate to the world that Britain is open for business.” 

One response to “Decision Time: New flightpath animation shows expanded Heathrow overflying 70 times the population of Gatwick”

  1. Gaspar Apolnarius says:

    Superficial analysis that belies the importance of this subject. The ‘analysis’ fails to take account of ambient noise levels, the significant and overriding impact of night noise and the related health impacts. It also fails to mention the lack of public transport infrastructure around Gatwick which, if addressed, in turn would generate considerable noise and other environmental impact. It also fails to take account the tens of thousands of homes that would need to be built in the area to support the workforce needed to operate the airport. An informed analysis is the minimum your readership expects.

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