I'm not sure of how dense the housing is near to ABZ
and whether flightpaths could be used to minimise disruption. Virtually every other UK regional airport now has 24-hour operations, so unless there are exceptional circumstances then why should ABZ
In these cases, the NIMBY's always seem to assume that flights will be coming and going all night, every night and causing untold disruption to sleep.
The reality would be that maybe only a couple of night-flights per week would be scheduled from ABZ
during the summer, these most likely being charters and only the quietest aircraft allowed to be used (ie A320's/738's). The big advantage for the airport however, is that if a daytime/evening flight is delayed it will still be allowed to land at ABZ
rather than having to divert to EDI
. This flexibility is what the airlines like about 24-hour operations at airports and it can only be good for ABZ
if the restriction is lifted.
Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.