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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A cloudy start to the short Christmas week. It's gong to be a mild one though with temperatures already above the double figure mark.
As we move into a shorter working week for most people, we are looking at a generally cloudy one.
Lots of cloud around today feeling relatively mild although it probably felt a bit cooler because of the breeze.