In March this year, London City Airport announced it had dropped plans to get rid of the 24 hour weekend break from the planes and to operate more early morning and late evening flights. The airport may still seek to increase the current annual flight cap, but not in the near future.
This was welcome news indeed. The planned changes would have increased carbon emissions and noise and air pollution just when we need to be moving towards a cleaner, quieter, low carbon economy.
But we need to do much more. Last year the Lib Dem election manifesto proposed higher taxes for frequent international flyers in order to discourage air travel. This is one example of our party's determination to tackle climate change and air pollution.