COUNCILLORS in Knutsford are planning to lobby Manchester Airport bosses over concerns about more night flights over the town.

Worries surfaced after a Knutsford councillor, who is on the airport’s community relations team, met with management last month and was told Terminal 2 is set to double in size, with plans for more night flights to cope with increased traffic.

Currently, an agreement curtails night-time flights in and out of the airport, but circumstances will change with both the expansion and the ending of the current arrangements in 2017.

Cllr Tony Dean told a meeting of Knutsford Town Council it would lead to more flights and disturbance to Knutsford residents.

He explained: “Terminal 2 will double in size and that will mean more night flights.

“The current restrictions and agreements run out in the next two years, so as a council we need to lobby when those night-time flights will be and so they are not keeping residents awake.”

The Guardian asked the airport specific questions, including which areas of Cheshire would be affected by the expansion of T2 and how the current restrictions on night-time flights would change when the current agreement runs out.

A spokesman said: “At Manchester Airport we continually assess ways in which we could enhance our infrastructure so as to further improve the passenger and airline experience.

“Our controls on night noise are amongst the toughest in the UK and balance the interests of our local communities and the demand from our passengers to fly. Retaining this balance will always be a significant priority.”

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