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London night flight debate

Lobby group the Confederation of British Industry have produced a report claiming controversial London night flights must be protected.

The Government is currently carrying out a consultation into the impact of night flights.

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'London Night flights must be protected' says report

A report suggests night flights play a 'unique role' in the UK economy Credit: Jon Buckle, EMPICS

A report claims that night flights into London's airports must be protected to safeguard a vital part of the UK economy.

The document produced by lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said overnight flights played a "unique role" ensuring timely movements of freight goods and enabling business travellers to arrive at destinations for a full day's work.

A Department for Transport consultation (DfT), which is closing today, is reviewing opinion on night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports.

Campaigners opposed to night flights say air traffic noise disturbs the sleep of those living under flight paths.

The current agreement with airlines runs out in October 2014.

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