Edinburgh Airport has thanked thousands of people who have responded to the second stage of public consultation on airspace change, and is extending the process for an additional week in May.
The consultation is seeking views on preferred flight paths in the airspace surrounding the airport to allow for maximum operational benefits, while minimizing the impact on local communities.
The second stage of public consultation commenced on January 30 and the responses will be presented to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said, “We are greatly encouraged by the consultation response; the vibrant process is going well with a high level of quantity and quality of the responses.
“By the end of this stage of the consultation we will have attended more than 20 meetings in communities across West Lothian, Fife and Edinburgh. This has been a valuable listening exercise for us, as well as giving us an opportunity to share information with our neighboring communities.
“By continuing to raise awareness we will enable even more people to respond, which will give us an even clearer understanding of the views from all those with an interest in this issue.
“We are absolutely committed to delivering a robust consultation process and have invited community councils to work with us to ensure that our consultation methods enable local people to participate.
“It is for this reason that we will be accommodating more meetings toward the end of the month and we are happy to confirm today that the consultation will continue accepting responses for an additional week in May.
“If you haven’t already responded, please go to www.letsgofurther.com to make sure you have your say.”
Confirmed consultation sessions this month include:
• Thursday, April 13 – Equalities drop-in session at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at Edinburgh Airport
• Tuesday, April 18 – Falkirk drop-in session
• Wednesday, April 19 – Winchburgh public meeting
• Thursday, April 20 – Dunfermline Rotary Club talk