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‘It’s blissful’: people living under UK flight paths savour plane-free skies

Clean air, birdsong and better sleep for some as coronavirus crisis slashes air traffic by 90%

A week or so ago, Iain Chirnside was lying on a trampoline in his back garden with his 12-year-old son, Oscar, when they heard a noise. “We both looked at each other and said, ‘What the heck is that?’ And we looked up and saw that it was an easyJet plane.” It caused a momentary jolt: “Flip! I had almost forgotten about that!”

The family live in the flight path of Aberdeen airport and in more normal times, as well as frequent planes, they also endure regular helicopter flights to the region’s oil rigs – which have also dramatically reduced since the twin crises of coronavirus and oil prices struck. Shortly before spotting the plane, Chirnside says, he had been delighted to hear the call of a buzzard high above his garden for the first time.

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