Campaign to Retain Runway Alternation Launched

‘A lifeline for residents in West London’
HACAN ClearSkies launched its campaign to retain runway alternation this week with the publication of a short
booklet outlining the issues (1)

In a few months the Government is expected to consult on proposals to end
runway alternation and introduce ‘mixed-mode’, despite the widespread opposition it is aware this will attract from
MPs and local authorities. HACAN ClearSkies has timed the launch of its campaign to link in with major events
being staged today by campaign groups at the other airports in the South East (2).

Runway alternation has been in place in West London since the 1970s. It is the practice where planes landing at
Heathrow switch runways at 3pm to give residents a half day’s peace and quiet. In its Aviation White Paper,
published in 2003, the Government announced that it would consult on proposals to end this practice and introduce
‘mixed-mode’ (where planes would be landing and taking off on the same runway at the same time).

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN ClearSkies, said, “The proposals to end runway alternation are just part of the
Government’s relentless determination to bring more planes into Heathrow regardless of the consequences for the
residents under the flight path. It is the half day’s peace and quiet which makes life bearable for many residents in
West London. It’s their lifeline. I’m sure they will fight tooth and nail to oppose mixed-mode.”

Stewart added, “Mixed-mode will result in well over 500,000 planes using Heathrow each year. Up from just over
470,000 last year and well in excess of the cap of 480,000 the Government put on flight numbers when it gave the
go-ahead to Terminal 5. Yet another broken promise to residents.”

Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister said: “Another Government promise on aircraft noise looks set to be
broken. Local people will be horrified when they learn of this plan to end the 3pm turn-round.”

Richmond Council leader Tony Arbour said, “We back HACAN’S campaign all the way. If introduced, mixedmode
will dramatically worsen the existing intolerable noise levels endured by residents”.

Councillor Ruth Cadbury, the cabinet member at Hounslow Council who leads on aviation matters, said, “Local
residents are deeply disappointed that the Government hasn’t given up its obsession with expanding Heathrow for
the New Year. Instead, it is resolved in its plans to deprive hundreds of thousands of residents of their last
remaining vestige of peace. Introducing mixed mode will mean more planes, more pollution and more noise. It is
airport expansion by the back door and will bring 1,000 extra flights to Heathrow every week.”


Notes for Editors

(1). Enclosed

(2). MPs, Peers and senior councillors from across Herts and Essex will join Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) at a major public
meeting on Thursday 12 January (8pm) at Bishop Stortford’s Rhodes Centre to mobilise local opposition to BAA’s latest
proposals for a second Stansted runway — for more details call Carol Barbone 07775523091

An important new study into the climate change impact of Gatwick Airport is to be published this week. It shows that planes
departing from Gatwick emit the equivalent of 13 million tonnes of CO2 a year, 18 times as much climate change damage as
the whole of Crawley — industry, vans and lorries, private cars, and the heating and lighting of houses and offices — for more
details call Brendon Sewill on 01293 863369

“LADACAN (Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) will be addressing a public meeting at
Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, near Luton, at 19:30 and lobbying those attending, among them local MP Peter
Lilley.” — for more details call Roger Wood on 07776 153299

For further information contact:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650

Press Release dated 9th January 2006: for immediate use