Take-off and landing slots will have to be booked by private pilots during the 2012 Olympics, the Government has said.
This restriction will apply to business jets touching down at a host of airports in the South East, but also to amateur pilots taking light aircraft out. Transport secretary Philip Hammond is aiming to cut delays and disruption to flights in the South East during London 2012.
Mr Hammond said: “As part of the Government’s strategy to ensure successful delivery of efficient transport services for the 2012 London Olympic Games, I am today announcing the introduction of new measures to limit disruption and delay to all flights using airports in the south east of England during the expected period of peak demand for air services for the Games.”
He said in a written statement that the Airports Slot Allocation (Amendment) Regulations would mean “that during the Games the available air space capacity of south east of England will be able to accommodate the maximum possible number of extra flights”. And he added: “All flights operating in controlled airspace and intending to use a co-ordinated airport will need to obtain, and operate in accordance with, pre-booked take-off or landing slots.”
Restrictions are already in place at Stansted, London City, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, but 36 other airports and airfields will be affected, ranging from massive terminals such as Birmingham to smaller airfields such as White Waltham Airfield.
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