Munira, alongside Richmond Park MP Sarah Olney and Liberal Democrat London Assembly Members, has raised serious concerns about Government proposals on night flights.

The consultation on night flight restrictions, which closed on 22 May, affects night flights at Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports, with Munira primarily concerned about the impact on Heathrow.

Currently 5,800 scheduled night fights are permitted between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. every year at Heathrow. This number does not include any unscheduled flights that arrive or depart at night, which happen without sufficient evidence as to why they are needed. The consultation proposes that the current night flight regime, which was due to expire in 2025, be extended until October 2028.

In a letter to Transport Secretary Mark Harper, Munira argues that the original timetable on night flight restrictions should be adhered to, so that changes can be made as soon as possible given the level of disturbance that night flights have on people’s sleep and quality of life.

Munira said: “Noise misery and pollution from Heathrow blights the lives of millions of residents across South West London every day, but it’s at night that the worst effects are felt. The increased health risks are unacceptable and, indeed, unnecessary. Every resident deserves a good night’s sleep.”

Munira raised concerns that decisions about night flights are being made without a proper evidence basis regarding the economic, social, health and environmental impacts. Late night and early morning flights have been linked with an increased risk of strokes, extreme mental health issues, substance abuse, heightened stress and chronic insomnia.

In the letter, Munira called on the Department for Transport (DfT) to ban night flights; heed their request to keep to the original timetable; ensure greater transparency; and provide a proven evidence basis for how decisions about night flights are being made, including in relation to people’s health.

The letter was also signed by Hina Bokhari, London Assembly Member, and Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council and London Assembly South West Constituency Member.

You can read the full letter here. For a full summary of Munira’s actions on Heathrow noise and pollution, visit the campaign page here).