- I live within 20 minutes of a well-established airport. It has been a revelation to look up at the sky and hardly ever see a jet trail overhead. The air feels purer and the stars can now be seen with great clarity. I am more conscious than ever before of the contents of the trail descending on us from the aircraft that flew noisily overhead.
The jet engine exhaust contains carbon dioxide, oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, unburned fuel, soot and metal particles, as well as water vapour.
- Today I listened to a specialist being interviewed about the need for the 3rd runway at Heathrow. His point was that the compliance by this leading airport with new regulations on carbon emissions was based on its own usage, not on the aircraft using it. The implication was that increased capacity would result in a disproportionate increase in poisonous gases being sprayed on those living below, to what gain?
- In the new age of travel, these extra flights would largely comprise outward and inward bound passengers taking holidays abroad, plus passengers using Heathrow as a hub, without actually contributing anything to the British economy.
- Is it worth it? Isn’t the health of local residents more important? I know where my sympathies lay.