Night flights

Announcement of decision on night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

15th July 2014

Here is the the Department for Transport decision on Night Quotas for the three London airports including of course Gatwick.

Good morning, Following the consultation to which you responded earlier this year, the Government has today announced its decision on future night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. This decision was announced as part of a Written Ministerial Statement giving a Progress Update on the Airports Commission’s Interim Report.

The Government wishes to ensure regulatory stability at the South East airports while the Commission pursues its important work. With this in mind, having also taken account of other relevant factors, in line with its consultation proposals the Government has decided to set a three year regime until October 2017 which will retain the main features of the current regime, in particular the numbers of movements permitted. In addition we are confirming an extension to the ban on rare movements made by older noisier types of aircraft.Further details are set out in the full decision document and associated impact assessment which are published at

Regards, The Aviation Policy Implementation Team, Department for Transport

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