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Heathrow residents in court win over night flights
Author: Jean Eaglesham and Mark Odell, Financial Times, Published on: 2 October 2001
Airports across Europe could be forced to reduce night flights after a landmark ruling on Tuesday that the UK government had violated the human rights of residents living near London's Heathrow airport. The government failed to strike a fair balance between the competing interests of the community - the economic benefits from night-time flights - and those of individuals, the European Court of Human Rights said. The level of noise allowed by UK regulations at Heathrow unfairly breached residents' rights to respect for their private and family life and home.