A message to all our supporters

The public inquiry into the airport's proposals to relax noise controls and expand its operations starts on Monday, 18th May. This is crunch time and it's crucial you act if you don’t want more aircraft noise. If the airport's proposals are implemented, we could suffer potentially: twice as many jet flights double the noise annoyance* We … [Read more...]

Boris Johnson ditches £200m London City Airport expansion plans

Boris Johnson today pulled the plug on plans to double the capacity of London City Airport, saying expansion would "blight the lives of thousands of people". The Mayor of London said granting permission for the £200million scheme - including a 50 per cent increase in take-offs and landings - would lead to an "unacceptable" increase in noise, … [Read more...]

BCAW written Statement of Case

The airport’s alarming proposals for relaxing its noise controls are to be scrutinised by a public inquiry which starts on 18th May. Read our main submission paper to the inquiry here [PDF]. … [Read more...]

Residents’ fury at token airport ‘action plan’

Controversial noise plan approved as noise impact doubles Residents in south and east Belfast affected by aircraft noise from George Best Belfast City Airport say they’re furious that the Department of the Environment has approved an airport ‘noise action plan’ which doesn’t meet its own guidance. The five-year plan fails to outline … [Read more...]

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...]

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: http://bit.ly/12R2GU5 … [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...]