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Operational Freedoms trial

Operational Freedoms update - 18 October 2013.  

Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill has issued a Written Ministerial Statement asking the Airports Commission to consider reports produced by Heathrow  Airport Limited and the CAA in advance of any consultation or decisions by the Government on the use of Operational Freedoms.  The Reports detail the findings from the two phases of the trial and how they could be applied at the airport.  

The Airports Commission's Interim Report on short and medium term options for the UK's existing airport infrastructure is due to be published in December. The Written Ministerial Statement says that once the Interim Report has been published, the Government will consider the findings of the Airports Commission, the CAA and Heathrow collectively to inform its next steps on the use of Operational Freedoms.

The Government has committed to undertake a public consultation before taking any final decisions on the freedoms, including on appropriate safeguards.

Operational Freedoms Final Report Heathrow (9MB PDF)

Operational Freedoms Additional Report Heathrow (0.54MB PDF)

Heathrow reports

OF final report annex A - July (5.27MB PDF)

OF final report annex B - August (5.43 MB PDF)

OF final report annex C - September (5.40MB PDF)

OF final report annex D - October (5.46MB PDF)

OF final report annex E - November (5.37MB PDF)

OF final report annex F - December (5.54MB PDF)

OF final report annex G - January (5.43MB PDF)

OF final report annex H - February (1.67 MD PDF)

OF Annex Ia - Summer Arrival regression results (0.46MB PDF)

OF Annex Ib - Summer Departures regression results (0.39MB PDF)

OF Annex Ic - Winter Arrival regression results (0.45MB PDF)

OF Annex Id - Winter Departures regression results (0.4MB PDF)

OF Annex Ie - Proactive regression results (0.48MB PDF)

OF final report annex K - Populus questionnaire (0.45MB PDF)

OF final report annex L - Residents' views (0.43MB PDF)

OF final report annex M - Glossary of terms (0.5MB PDF)

OFT End of Trial ERCD Noise Report (Annex J) (0.13MB PDF)

The Operational Freedoms trial was a recommendation of the Government's South East Airport Taskforce which was set up in 2010. It explored whether new procedures could be used to bring benefits to passengers, by providing a more punctual service; the local community through less late-running flights; and to the environment, by reducing aircraft stacking times and reducing emissions. 

The trial ran in two phases. The first phase ran between 1 November 2011 to 29 February 2012. The second phase began on 1 July 2012 and ran until 28 February 2013. More details about each phase can be found in the links below.

Trial details

Data collection

Data was collected and produced throughout the trial on a daily and monthly basis. Daily and monthly data reports from the trial are available at www.heathrowoperationaldata.com

Further information

For information on the South East Airports Task Force visit www.dft.gov.uk/publications/south-east-airports-taskforce

 

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