The burning of incredible quantities of toxic fuel has impacts that extend beyond the climate. As soon as airplanes leave the gate, they begin to produce phenomenal amounts of nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and cancer-causing toxics such as benzene and formaldehyde[^1]. This pollution travels miles downwind, contributing to asthma, lung and heart disease, and a large number of cancers.
According to engine manufacturer Rolls Royce, a fully laden A380 uses as much energy to fly as 3,500 family cars with corresponding levels of atmospheric pollution.
The current flight paths were set-up in the 1960s in days before the council were required to consider air quality as a consideration. We are calling on the council to study the environmental impact of the change to use within the flight paths as a matter of urgency.
[^1]: Center for Clean Air Policy and Northeastern States for Coordinated Air Use Management. “Controlling Airport-Related Air Pollution.” June 2003. http://www.areco.org/NESCAUM%20report%206.03.pdf