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Night restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted (second stage consultation)

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APPENDIX E
Night Restrictions at Foreign Airports

1. The following tables give details of current night flying restrictions at major international airports in mainland Europe, the Far East, Australia, the USA and the UK, which have significant operations involving international long-haul inter-continental services.

2. In summary, apart from the curfews in place at Tokyo's Narita Airport (2300-0600) and at Sydney (2400-0500), the restrictions operating at the three designated London airports, are more restrictive than those at other comparable major airports around the world. Here, the movements of all aircraft emitting more than 87 EPNdB is controlled, including Chapter 3 types. The regimes at the other major European airports, at Paris-CDG, Amsterdam-Schiphol and Frankfurt-am-Main are based on ICAO noise certification. In each case only movements of Chapter 2 aircraft are banned at night (although this is extended to landings by Chapter 3 aircraft between 0100 and 0400 at Frankfurt, and to take-offs by the heaviest Chapter 3s at Amsterdam). Otherwise no further restrictions are placed on the number night movements by Chapter 3 types. It should also be noted that airlines are phasing out Chapter 2 aircraft in advance of the March 2002 deadline and that a heavy Chapter 3 aircraft can be noisier than a light Chapter 2 aircraft.

3. In Asia, Bangkok, Singapore and the new airports at Hong Kong (Chek Lap Kok) and Kuala Lumpur have no night-time scheduling restrictions. The major USA airports have no night restrictions on aircraft certificated to the Chapter 2 and 3 standards. Nearly all USA airports stipulate a maximum night noise level of 106 EPNdB, which compares with 99 EPNdB of the present QC/4 limit in place at the three London airports.

COMPARISON OF THE PRINCIPAL NIGHT FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS AT MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

KEY: LT = local time. GMT = Greenwich Mean Time. EPNdB = Effective Perceived Noise decibels

NIGHT RESTRICTIONS - EUROPEAN AIRPORTS

Airport

Curfew Period

Restrictions by Aircraft type/classification

Operational restrictions e.g. use of specific runways

Restrictions on use of reverse thrust (except for safety reasons)

Paris - CDG

None

No limit on movement numbers.
Chapter 3 aircraft only between 2330-0615 LT (landings) & 2315-0600 LT (departures)

 

 

Amsterdam-Schiphol

None

No limit on movement numbers.
2300 - 0600 LT: no Ch.2 movements; some restrictions on heaviest Ch.3 take-offs

 

2200-0600 not to be used above "reverse idle"

Frankfurt-am-Main

No landings between 0100 and 0400 LT

No movement limit. All times LT.
(i) 1900-0500 Chapter 3 aircraft only (but no other restrictions on take-offs at night);
(ii) no landings between 0000-0500 except by Frankfurt based operators between 0000 and 0100 and between 0400 and 0500; and
(iii) night mail services also permitted between 0000-0100.

 

 

Geneva

None

All movements between 2100-0500 GMT must be authorised by Federal Office for Civil Aviation (there were 3927 authorised movements in 1997)

 

 

Zurich

None

All movements between 2100-0500 GMT must be authorised by Federal Office for Civil Aviation (4977 authorisations in 1997)

 

 

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