LETTER: Flight in ‘quiet’ time not the norm

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Whilst one can sympathise with Mr Hamlin (letters October 16) to a certain extent about being woken at 0344 by a departing aircraft he can be reassured that is is not the norm.

Whilst in the summer season there are plenty of arrivals during the small hours there are no scheduled (noisier)departures between roughly 2330 and 0530; sometimes however, there are delays and permission is given for a departure outside the normal ‘quiet’ time. The aircraft which woke Mr Hamlin was an A320 operated by Smartlynx Latvia flying a charter ART9072 to Bodrum in Turkey.

It had, no doubt, been delayed many hours so it was not a question of profit for Gatwick operating at that time, but more a question of getting a planeload of passengers to their destination after what must have been an extremely frustrating delay in the middle of the night – and I trust Mr Hamlin would not begrudge them that.

PETER HILLMAN

Primrose Copse, Horsham