Alarm at research linking strokes and heart disease to aircraft noise

Residents affected by aircraft noise in Belfast and north Down have expressed concern at the findings of a new study which links the incidence of strokes and heart disease to aircraft noise. The study, which has just been published in the British Medical Journal, found that the risk of being admitted to hospital because of a stroke or heart … [Read more...]

Joe Watson

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Joe Watson, Director and Steering Group member at BCAW, who died earlier this week after a very short illness. Joe was a tireless and passionate community worker, trade unionist and campaigner. He will be greatly missed by all of us at BCAW. Our deepest sympathies to his family, including his wife … [Read more...]

Belfast Telegraph exclusive: GBBCA’s own figures reveal serious noise issue

The Belfast Telegraph has an exclusive story – George Best Belfast City Airport’s own figures reveal that more than 8,500 residents are subjected to serious levels of noise, as defined by the UK government. Read more here: … [Read more...]

Westminster Committee hears from BCAW on Aircraft Noise

BCAW delegation at Westminster

A committee of MPs at Westminster has been hearing from local residents affected by aircraft noise linked to George Best Belfast City Airport. The umbrella residents group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), was invited to give evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster on Wednesday, 24th October, as part of its inquiry … [Read more...]

Concern at Aer Lingus move

Belfast City Airport Watch have voiced our concern at the news that Aer Lingus is to operate two international routes at the airport. The airline has announced that, as part of its move from Belfast International to the City Airport, it will operate daily flights to Malaga and Faro from the end of March 2013. We fear that the international … [Read more...]

BCAW welcome airport public inquiry decision

Belfast City Airport Watch have welcomed a decision by the Department of the Environment to refer controversial proposals for a new noise cap at George Best Belfast City Airport to a public inquiry. The proposal, which was submitted by the airport earlier this year, would affect up to 46,000 people and would significantly raise permissible noise … [Read more...]

Schools hit by airport’s noise proposals

Cillian Burns (13) from Ballynafeigh in south Belfast went to a primary school affected by aircraft noise.

Children’s education will suffer say teaching union and residents A teaching union has joined local residents in expressing alarm at proposals submitted by George Best Belfast City Airport which would significantly raise permissible noise levels at 21 schools. A total of 21 schools – 19 in Belfast and two in Holywood – have been … [Read more...]

Cautious welcome for airport noise consultation

Belfast City Airport Watch have given a cautious welcome to news that the Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, is to hold an inquiry and consultation aimed at addressing the issue of aircraft noise linked to George Best Belfast City Airport. We greatly welcome the fact that the Minister says he wishes to act decisively to achieve the right … [Read more...]

Belfast City Airport Drops Runway Extension plans

It was revealed last week that Belfast City Airport has decided to withdraw its planning application for a runway extension. While we at Belfast City Airport Watch give a cautious welcome to the news, the fact is that the City Airport is, in any case, transforming itself into an international airport which is likely to exacerbate the existing … [Read more...]

Residents meet Environment Minister to discuss City Airport

BCAW delegation at Stormont

The Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has told local residents he has yet to make a final decision on the shape of his forthcoming inquiry into modifying the noise regulations governing George Best Belfast City Airport. The Minister met a delegation from the umbrella residents’ campaign group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), at … [Read more...]