Greg has written to the Aviation Minister to outline his objections to reported proposals by the Government to lift the cap on night flights in order to alleviate pressure at airports.
In his letter to Robert Courts MP, Greg said:
I am writing to you in my capacity as the MP for Tunbridge Wells to raise my concerns about recent reports that the Department for Transport is considering a relaxation of restrictions on night flights to deal with some of the capacity issues facing airports at the moment.
Many of my constituents are already severely impacted by aircraft noise – particularly at night – and lifting the cap on night flights would make an already intolerable situation far worse.
I also do not believe that this is the right solution to the problems being faced by airports or operators, with much of the problem being due to inadequate planning by operators for the inevitable rebound in travel once all remaining Covid restrictions are lifted.
I would be grateful if further solutions to the current problems facing airports at an operational level – which would not adversely impact my constituents – could be explored.
It comes after Greg, along with members of the Gatwick Co-ordination Group, stated their objection to previous proposals to extend Gatwick's night flight quota by two years, as outlined here.