Gatwick air­port hails noise re­duc­tions

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Bri­tain’s sec­ond busiest air­port is pro­claim­ing a sig­nif­i­cant vic­tory against noise, de­spite set­ting a record for pas­sen­ger vol­ume. Gatwick air­port, south of Lon­don, says it has re­duced its noise foot­print by nine per cent since 2008, even as it ac­com­mo­dated 46 mil­lion fly­ers in the past 12 months — a mile­stone in its 88-year his­tory. Much of the credit is be­ing given to new gen­er­a­tion air­craft such as the Air­bus A320­neo, which is said to be up to 50 per cent qui­eter on de­par­ture than ear­lier ver­sions. The air­port is “in­cen­tiviz­ing” air­lines to mod­ify their fleets in or­der to re­duce noise, with 97 per cent of the Air­bus A320 fam­ily of air­craft fly­ing out of Gatwick tweaked to cut down on loud emis­sions. A small mu­seum in In­dia that houses an im­por­tant col­lec­tion of colo­nial-era ar­ti­facts is still search­ing for a per­ma­nent home — three decades af­ter it was cre­ated. The Dhubri Dis­trict Mu­seum, lo­cated in one of the

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