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 celebrate legal victory over City Airport planning agreement

Minister's decision to remove passenger limit quashed by High Court judge Local residents affected by aircraft noise are celebrating a landmark legal victory in their campaign for tougher noise controls at George Best Belfast City Airport. A High Court judge has quashed a decision by the previous Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, to remove a … [Read more...]

Residents welcome concession of airport court case but cautious about inquiry move

Residents welcome concession of airport court case but cautious about inquiry move Numbers seriously affected by aircraft noise treble to 11,000 in just three years See the Minister’s announcement here Local residents have reacted cautiously to news that the Environment Minister is considering modifying the noise regulations governing the … [Read more...]

Airport campaigners welcome withdrawal of ‘developers charter’

Airport campaigners have warmly welcomed the withdrawal by the Environment Minister of a controversial draft planning policy which was branded a 'charter for developers', and which could have paved the way for George Best Belfast City Airport to be permitted its long-sought runway extension. The residents' umbrella group, Belfast City Airport … [Read more...]

Environment Minister Alex Attwood not to adopt PPS 24 following consultation

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced that he will not introduce proposed new planning policy after listening to the public, business groups and the commercial sector. Draft Planning Policy Statement 24 (PPS 24) had proposed that full account should be taken of the economic implications of a planning application. Read the full DOE … [Read more...]

Residents surprised at further runway inquiry delay

Local residents have expressed their surprise at a last-minute move by George Best Belfast City Airport which will further delay the long-awaited public inquiry on the airport's controversial proposed runway extension. The body holding the inquiry, the Planning Appeals Commission, recently wrote to residents who objected to the plan inviting … [Read more...]