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Consultation ends on increased Farnborough Airport flights

Neighbours claim a proposed increase in the number of flights in and out of airport will lead to larger planes being introduced

The air traffic control tower at TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport's consultation on controversial plans to change airspace has come to an end after three months.

The airport wants to submit an Aerospace Change Proposal to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, so there is a more predictable flow of traffic around the airport, resulting in fewer flights at low altitude and aircraft flying fewer miles.

The airport has permission to increase the number of flights coming in and out of the airport and by next year there could be 45,000 flights, which could rise to 50,000 by 2019.

A public consultation was launched in February and was due to end on May 2 but was extended to May 12 after a technical fault meant comments left between 11.02am on April 11 and 10.08am on April 16 had been lost.

All comments gathered from the consultation are now being analysed and TAG plan to publish a feedback document next month, which will provide a summary analysis of the numbers and types of response received.

A second report, which will provide more details of changes to the airspace design or procedures that are being considered based on the responses received, is expected to be published in August before an application is submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority.

TAG claims its proposal will mean planes would not disturb residents as frequently and passengers could travel more efficiently, however, the plans have come under fire from residents living nearby, councils and flying groups.

Kevin Daley, a member of the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee (FACC) and chairman of the Mytchett, Frimley Green and Deepcut society, said a number of constituents fought against plans to increase the airport’s traffic movements.

Matthew Evans, head of planning for Waverley Borough Council, also raised strong concerns about the plans.

He said: "Parts of the borough south and east of Farnham, while more sparsely populated, are tranquil in nature and will be adversely affected by the proposed flight corridors.

"In Waverley’s view, there is little doubt that these proposals will assist the owners of Farnborough Airport to consider increasing the number of flights and provides the basis for the introduction of larger planes."

 

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