Campaigners call City Airport flight plan ‘arrogant and unresponsive’

London City Airport has been accused of arrogance over flight plans

London City Airport has been accused of arrogance over flight plans - Credit: Archant

Campaigners have accused London City Airport of ignoring opposition to flight path changes.

Pressure group Hacan East said plans to concentrate flight paths ignore the findings of the airport’s consultation, which revealed 90 per cent of 504 respondents objected.

Hacan East’s chairman John Stewart said the consultation was minimal and the airport refused to leaflet or hold meetings in areas that would be most affected.

“This latest report shows City Airport to be as unresponsive and arrogant as ever,” he said. “The fight will continue – the campaign will now be pressing the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to order the airport to carry out a fresh consultation.”

In its report to the CAA, London City Airport defended its consultation.

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And the airport’s corporate communications director, Jeremy Probert, said the paths are being modernised, not changed.

He said this is to introduce area navigation, which the CAA says needs to be implemented by November 9, 2017.

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Mr Probert said: “The airport is not changing, altering or modifying its current flight paths. The proposal seeks to reproduce the existing conventional flight paths and replicate the conventional routes as closely as possible. Modernised airspace saves fuel, cuts emissions, reduces delays and aircraft noise.”

Mr Stewart said the airport should follow Heathrow’s example.

“The contrast with City could not be starker,” he said.

“Heathrow promised it will not concentrate all its flights over certain communities and is committed to full consultation on any changes.”

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