Jardine says still room for manoeuvre over flight paths


Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine says the CAA has made it clear to her that no final decision has been made over new flight path proposals for Edinburgh Airport.



Her comments follow a meeting with representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss local concerns over the halting of the flight path planning process, and the proposals themselves.


That was halted by the CAA just 6 weeks into a 16 week process citing technical questions over Edinburgh airport’ formal application.


Following the CAA meeting Ms Jardine said: 


“It was clear from the meeting that this is far from the end of the process and no final decision has been made.


“My understanding is that Edinburgh Airport is pursuing a proposal which doesn’t conform to normal practice, particularly in attempting to avoid Cramond on take-off, and that needs a considerable amount of evidence to confirm it is possible and safe.


“The CAA simply seem to be saying ‘we need more information’. I’ve been assured by them that there will be no discussion of the consultation process, or final decision on the routes, until they have all the information they need. 


“I will be continuing to express the concerns of both Cramond and South Queensferry over these proposals and will now be meeting the air traffic service – NATS – for further discussion.” 



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