MPs and campaigners have warned that Heathrow’s expansion pledges do not go far enough.
The West London airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye this week set out a series of measures to support its bid to be allowed a third runway.
These include waiting an extra hour until 5.30am before aircraft begin to land each day; allowing scrutiny of air quality measures; and creating a skills taskforce.
But Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh said: “Heathrow’s proposals to tackle air pollution need to go much further much faster.”
She called for cheaper fares on Heathrow Express train services to reduce the number of people driving to the airport.
The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Hacan) called for a longer ban on arriving flights.
“Hacan remains opposed to a third runway,” the campaign group said in a statement. “Our supporters to want a tougher night noise regime – we’ve long called for a ban on night flights before 6am – and more respite during the day but they don’t want to wait 10 years for a third runway to be built to get them.”
Gatwick is still fighting to be allowed a second runway.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive of the Sussex airport, said of the latest Heathrow proposals: “The public and politicians won’t be fooled by yet more warm words which have been heard for decades.
“Rather than circling around a failed solution that will never happen, we should get on with something that can actually happen – only Gatwick can deliver for the UK.”
The government-commissioned, Sir Howard Davies-led Airports Commission last summer recommended construction of a third runway at Heathrow.