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Birmingham Airport chooses preferred flight path option

Birmingham Airport has published its post-consultation report outlining the preferred flightpath option for aircraft taking off to the south

Birmingham Airport has published its post-consultation report outlining the preferred flightpath option for aircraft taking off to the south.

The document considers the comments raised by members of the community during a five-month consultation period.

The formal proposal will be considered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over the next 16 weeks.

The change is required because of the runway extension, which is opening next spring. It will see the runway extended further south, requiring an alteration to the flightpath of aircraft.

The preferred new southerly flight path, ‘Option 5’, was chosen because it avoids the most populated areas, Barston, Hampton-in-Arden and Balsall Common and is positioned further away from Catherine-de-Barnes and Knowle.

But the route is positioned closer to Balsall Street East in Balsall Common.

The airport’s public affairs director, John Morris, said: “We have fully followed the CAA’s guidance throughout this process and have considered all feedback from stakeholders.

“We believe the best option has been put forward that impacts the fewest number of people in areas closest to the airport.”

But objector Graham Juniper, from Hampton-in-Arden, branded the consultation an “utter shambles” and claimed the airport wanted to be rid of the Hampton Turn, which takes planes away from Hampton as they take off.

He said: “The Hampton Turn was agreed by the airport’s management 23 years ago after they let a heavy noisy aircraft take off at 11am on Remembrance Sunday with a strong westerly wind blowing, which always moves aircraft towards Hampton by a very significant amount.

“It totally destroyed the two minutes silence at the Hampton War Memorial.

“They apologised and the Hampton Turn was initiated. They were far better neighbours in those days.”

 

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