At least 725,000 people are already impacted by aircraft noise from Heathrow.
Heathrow is in a noise league all of its own. According to the European Commission, at least 725,000 people are impacted by noise from the airport. Astonishingly, that is 28% of all people affected by aircraft noise right across Europe.
And the World Health Organisation says even that is an underestimate. A 3rd runway would mean another 250,000 planes a year using Heathrow, bringing the total up to 740,000. Heathrow argues that, even with this huge increase, fewer people will be impacted by aircraft noise when a 3rd runway opens because individual aircraft will be less noisy, they will be flying higher and more people will get breaks from the noise; but that is hard to believe.