Airspace Change Programme
We are currently going through an Airspace Change Programme in order to make proposed changes to the arrival and departure routes from Edinburgh Airport.
Our airspace was designed in the 1970s when our airport had around 1 million passengers per year. Our international route network has grown to become the envy of many similar sized European airports and we offer more choice than any airport in Scotland.
Therefore, in order to make our runway as effective as it can be to accommodate growth, we must modernise our airspace. This is not an easy process nor is it one to take lightly. We know that people have concerns and so we need to ensure that any change minimises noise and disruption whilst delivering a safe, effective and sustainable solution. That is why we are consulting on plans to change Edinburgh’s flight paths for the first time in 40 years.
In August 2017, we applied to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to change and modernise our flight paths. In preparation for our application, we ran two public consultations (2016 and 2017) to help us to better understand the impacts of our flight path options. Our Application for Airspace Change sought to balance community, regulatory and operational requirements in finding the best solution possible.
In September 2017, the CAA paused our Application for Airspace Change and, amongst other things, asked us to make changes to one of our eight proposed flight paths for departing aircraft to ensure that it complied with regulatory and operational requirements. This flight path, which was referred to as option E7, was angled to reduce Cramond overflight but in the opinion of the regulator it turned too early. Since that pause, we have worked hard with the regulator and air traffic controllers to understand the issue and develop the best solution to respond to community concerns and meet operational and CAA requirements
Following months of redesign and flight testing (in airline simulators), we have identified a solution, which we propose to include when we restart our Application for Airspace Change. We were not obliged to re-consult, however in view of the modifications we have made to flight path E7, we held a supplementary consultation our new proposal, known as E7a.
You can find out more about the proposed flight path, E7a, the airspace change programme itself and the previous consultations on letsgofurther.com