Sunday, 26 June 2016

Edinburgh Airport launches major consultation

EDINBURGH AIRPORT has started a consultation exercise to get views on the potential impact of altering flight paths above the city and the surrounding areas to allow for maximum operational benefits and to minimize community impact.

The airport is the busiest in Scotland and has experienced more growth in the past three years than it did in the 10 years prior. It’s now handling more than 11.1 million passengers a year. Its airspace was designed in the 1970s, when it had approximately one million passengers annually.

The airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar, says: ‘Our international route network has grown to become the envy of many similar-sized European airports. The strong levels of growth we have experienced since 2013 resulted in the airport handling over 11.1 million passengers last year. However, this constant growth in passenger numbers presents us with challenges. We need to modernize and improve Edinburgh Airport in a way that maximizes the benefits across Scotland and minimizes the impact on local communities. The objective of the first stage of the consultation is to gain responses from the public that will help us inform the design of any potential future flight paths. We want everyone to know they have the opportunity to have their say on the positioning of potential future flight path changes.

‘We are absolutely committed to undertaking a robust and meaningful consultation process.’

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