Archive for April 18th, 2012

Public upset at rise in noise from airport

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

INCREASED Southend Airport noise levels are making some residents’ lives a misery, it has been claimed.

The claims follow the start of easyJet flights to various European destinations.

It is expected there will be up to 70 flights a week from the airport, however, residents living beneath the flightpath have taken to social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, claiming noise levels from the airport have increased.

Tanya Artus, 39, who lives under the flightpath in Leigh, said: “The only way I can sleep is with earplugs at the moment.”

Alastair Welch, managing director of the airport, said new equipment has been installed to reduce the impact on residents and there was a cap on night flights.

He added: “When larger aircraft take off, they are required to follow specified noise preferential routes to minimise environmental impact.”