Posted: Mon 13th Jan 2020

Liverpool Airport launches consultation on potential changes to the routes taken by aircraft

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jan 13th, 2020

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has begun a 12-week consultation which will involve potential changes to the routes taken by aircraft departing from and arriving at the airport.

The UK’s airspace is some of the most complex in the world yet has not undergone significant change since the 1950s.

The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) plan to modernise UK airspace in order to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys by air in and around the UK and to accommodate future aviation growth, with flight paths having to be redrawn in a coordinated way.

As a consequence, airports across the UK will all be consulting with local communities and other airspace users about potential changes to their departure and arrival routes.

In a 12 week consultation that will last until 12pm on Thursday 9 April 2020, Liverpool John Lennon Airport has set out various options to illustrate how the flight paths of aircraft operating to or from the Airport in the skies above North West England and North Wales, might change in the future as part of this airspace modernisation.

The Consultation Document includes maps that show each new procedure that is being proposed and how the procedures will be combined to show the overall effect of aircraft arriving and departing from the airport.

The area covered by possible changes to flight paths of aircraft relating to LJLA, includes Deeside and Flintshire.

The consultation document which includes maps can be viewed here: https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/liverpool-john-lennon-airport/airspace-transition/supporting_documents/71137%20067%20LJLA%20ACP%20Consultation%20Document%20Issue%201.pdf

Consequently, LJLA is keen that members of the public who live within areas that may potentially be affected by such changes to aircraft flight paths, participate in the consultation.

Two open days will be held at the Airport over the coming weeks as part of the consultation; one on Wednesday 12 February and the other on Saturday 7 March with representatives from the Airport on hand to discuss the potential impact of any proposed flight path changes.

This consultation is the latest stage in a process that started for LJLA over two years ago, with the Airport hoping to implement changes if approved within the next 24 months.

John Irving, CEO for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented, “This consultation gives the Airport the opportunity to share its thoughts with various stakeholders across parts of North West England and North Wales and to seek feedback from communities regarding the various flight path changes being proposed.

We hope that people will get involved with this consultation so that they can have their say on this important issue and help to shape the use of the airspace in this part of the UK”

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