Legal Challenge appeal to be heard on October 17 October

The local authorities and campaign groups whose legal challenge to the third runway failed in the courts in March have been given leave to appeal against that judgement.  The appeal will be heard on 17th October and could last for up to 6 days.

  • On the 17th there will be outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand media photographs at 8.45am; speeches and rally at 9.00.

Prime Minister keeps his options open on 3rd runway

Boris Johnson is still keeping his options open about a third runway.  The new Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps (whose own record is one of support for a third runway) was very careful not to endorse it in this recent interview:

London Assembly reaffirms opposition to 3rd runway

The London Assembly has once again come out strongly against a third runway.  Here it outlines 5 reasons why it believes expanding Heathrow is wrong:

Heathrow 3rd runway consultation now closed

21st September 2019

Heathrow’s consultation on its Master Plan for the third runway is now closed.  It received in the region of 10,000 responses.

Timetable of Key Events

Mid-December 2018: Department for Transport launched consultation on its Aviation Green Paper. Closed 20th June.

8th January 2019: Heathrow consulted on stage 2 of its proposed new flight paths.  Consultation closed 4th March

Mid-March 2019: Legal challenges against third runway heard in the High Court.

April 2019:  Court rules against objectors but they have indicated they will seek leave to appeal – to be heard October 2019.

June 2019: Heathrow  launched its main consultation on its 3rd runway proposals, including its framework for managing noise. Closed September 2019.

Early 2020: Government expects to publish White Paper

Summer 2020: Heathrow to present its 3rd runway proposals to a Planning Inquiry. Recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport expected end 2021.

2021:  Final consultation on new detailed flight paths expected

2025/6:  If all the hurdles are overcome, Heathrow expects to open new runway

  • See the foot of this page for more information on the impact of a Third Runway

Committee on Climate Change: growth needs to almost halve if aviation to meet climate targets by 2050


The Committee on Climate Change(CCC), the Government’s official advisers, has said in a report out today that growth at UK airports needs to be almost half the predicted levels if aviation is to meet the government’s target of aviation being net-zero carbon by 2050.

The CCC, chaired by former Conservation minister Lord Deben, said, “In the absence of a true zero-carbon plane, demand cannot continue to grow unfettered over the long-term. Our scenario reflects a 25% growth in demand by 2050 compared to 2018 levels. This compares to current Government projections which are for up to a 49% increase in demand over the same period.”

It says that, if the growth currently planned for London’s airports went ahead, that would leave ‘at most very limited room for growth at non-London airports’.

The report explained, “The Government should assess its airport capacity strategy in the context of net zero. Specifically, investments will need to be demonstrated to make economic sense in a net-zero world and the transition towards it. Current planned additional airport capacity in London, including the third runway at Heathrow, is likely to leave at most very limited room for growth at non-London airports”.

The CCC suggests a number of measures to manage demand.

see full report

see HACAN press release:

see HACAN article on why electric planes may do little for noise: electric planes

Key councils come out against London City expansion


This week three key local authorities have formally come out against London City’s expansion proposals. Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Redbridge councils have all signalled their opposition. They have now (14/10/19) been joined by Hackney and Lewisham.

You can read what Redbridge said:

And Waltham Forest:

Note: Redbridge Council will be holding its rearranged Public Meeting on London City Airport expansion on 3rd October at 7pm in Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Rd, E11 2RQ

And there is a petition against the expansion proposals –

Most of the stories about London City, including its expansion proposals and the vibrant campaign opposing them, are found on our sister site, , but if City expands it will have a big impact on our members in SE, NE and East London, many of whom are also affected by Heathrow planes

Video: Crowded Skies

28th August 2019

Here is a great video HACAN East has produced and released today showing not only what it is like to live with London City – and Heathrow – planes flying overhead but also what possible solutions might look like:

A Flight Path Revolution

18 June 2019

We get more enquiries about flight paths than anything else.  Heathrow  is planning the biggest change to its flights paths since it opened in 1946.  It will have a fundamental impact on residents.

Below is the latest information on flight paths:

We will not know the proposed new flight paths until 2021

Heathrow’s major consultation on its flight path options closed on 4th March.

For more details on the proposals:  Heathrow Flight Path Consultation: January to March 2019: Details on consultation and responses  

The current consultation on the wider consultation on its 3rd runway proposals includes further proposals on night flights, runway alternation and westerly preference as well as Heathrow’s proposed noise envelope.

For details read the noise section of the HACAN Briefing

More flight path information:

You can find maps of flight paths on Heathrow’s website:,-stats-and-reports/operational-data/annual-flight-maps

You can also track flights as they land and take-off:

And you can see what the flight pattern was like over your house during the past six years:

Check out our flight paths button for info about current flight paths and up-to-date developments, including some Heathrow initiatives to reduce the noise from planes in flight:

Not just a West London problem – people relate their experiences on video of living with aircraft noise

Click here to look at the videos:

Heathrow still in a noisy league of its own

The numbers are taken from the latest noise action plans published by the UK airports in early 2019.

Many people are in despair about the constant noise over their heads.  95% of the emails HACAN gets contain a complaint are from areas which get no respite from the noise.  Read more here

Read why HACAN backs respite here

We also get a lot of questions about the metrics used to measure noise annoyance. A short HACAN paper explaining noise metrics.

And why Heathrow is using much better metrics to measure noise annoyance than before: click here

ExPlane is a new app to measure aviation noise which the public can use.  See here

Campaigners lose court case

1st May 2019

The High Court today announced that it ruled against the local authorities and campaign groups who had brought Judicial Reviews against the Government’s decision last year to give Heathrow permission to draw up plans for a third runway.  The objectors have decided to  appeal seek leave to appeal the decision.  Read the full judgement.

The impact of a Third Runway

A new runway at Heathrow would mean just over 700 extra flights each day.  A total of 760,000 planes would use the airport.  Currently there is an annual cap on  flight numbers of 480,000.  A third runway would mean people in West London under the existing flight paths will lose part of the half day’s break from the noise they currently enjoy. It would of course also mean many people under an arrivals or departure runway for the first time. On March 21st 2017 a new coalition was launched to oppose a third runway at Heathrow.  The No 3rd Runway Coalition consists of 18 organisations and is backed by MPs, peers and local authorities.

See reports section for third runway related reports and briefings:

Our Flickr page has great photos of pictures of campaigning  events – check it out to see the range of protests that have been taking place