Short-term fixes could prevent stacking planes above London

Marion Dakers
BEFORE the first new runway is built, several airports will already be facing capacity shortages, and the Davies Commission yesterday outlined its preferred measures to make do and mend.

Airspace rules could be changed to prevent circling over London while waiting to land, Davies said, ending the practice of stacking planes and making landing patterns more efficient.

Heathrow could also take more flights between 5am and 6am, providing more capacity at a busy time of day. To ease the pain for residents, the commission said the airport could also use alternative runways each morning. The panel also called on the government to set up an independent noise tsar to monitor disruption from planes.

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