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Airport invites more views on flight path

Edinburgh airport (photo by Terry Murden)

Edinburgh Airport has today launched the second stage of its public consultation on plans to change the flight path over the west of the city.  

The next stage will build on the initial consultation between June and September.  

If the airport’s preferred proposed flight paths are approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, it says it would mean aircraft flying over fewer people than at present, reduce the noise impact for thousands of residents.

If implemented the airport’s preferred options would deliver the following major benefits:

–  The number of people who are currently overflown by aircraft up to around 7,000 ft above their properties would also reduce significantly compared to our current routes, and affecting the lives of nearly 25,000 fewer people.

– The carbon foot print would be reduced.

– There would be operational benefits.

Gordon Dewar, the airport’s chief executive, has written to 640,000 households across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Falkirk and Fife outlining the design of the flight paths and seeking the public’s views on the proposals of a range of options in and out of Edinburgh Airport.

“Our proposed flight paths are a balance of interests focused on three key factors; impact on communities, airspace regulation as well as airport and aircraft operations,” he said.

“Edinburgh Airport and the aviation sector in general are strongly growing parts of a still sluggish Scottish economy – and we have get this right for the sake of jobs in Scotland and environmental considerations.  

“We have worked closely with key stakeholders including community and environmental groups and our proposed changes would reduce the noise impact on the community, reduce emissions and allow us to continue to meet growing demand safely and sustainably.

“In this second stage of public consultation we will be reaching out again to our neighbouring communities. Our community engagement campaign will be backed up by media advertising and a locally targeted social media campaign to provide information relating to drop-in sessions and links to the feedback pages of the website.”

The airport will host drop-in sessions in communities.

Mr Dewar added: “As with all major infrastructure expansion plans,  we know that not everyone will agree with our proposals; therefore we are committed – where people are adversely impacted by changes – to mitigation and compensation measures.”


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