Temporary changes to include additional early morning flights for ten days from 4 April

The Council has been informed that, on Wednesday 4 April, NATS - the air traffic service provider across the UK - is introducing a new electronic flight strip system which is a change in one of the elements of air traffic control. While air traffic controllers get used to operating the new system, NATS has asked Heathrow to temporarily spread out the number of morning flights that air traffic controllers handle.

NATS has also made a request to the Government to allow a small number of additional long-haul flights (approximately 5-8) to land before 6am for the first ten days of the change. This is because between 6-7am is the busiest hour at Heathrow and allowing additional flights before 6am will give the controllers some space to adjust to the new system.

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