Human rights and aircraft noise

In a significant judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has held that current UK policies on night-time flying from Heathrow airport breached the rights of nearby residents. Modest compensation was awarded, but the judgment indicates that more rigorous research on both the effects of night-time flights and their economic justification will be needed in order to comply with the Convention. These aspects of the decision have wider implications for government and other public bodies where public policy considerations are invoked to justify infringement of rights.

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