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...]

George Best Belfast City Airport and noise – the facts

These statistics on noise levels are taken from consultants’ reports commissioned by the city airport and made available to the Airport Forum. The statistics on late flights were provided by the airport to the Airport Forum. As these statistics show, the number of people exposed to ‘significant’ levels of aircraft noise near George Best … [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...]

Residents alarmed as City becomes international airport

Local residents have expressed their alarm at the fact that seven new international routes are to operate from George Best Belfast City Airport. Dr Liz Fawcett, the Chair of the Belfast City Airport Watch Steering Group, says residents are angry that politicians are allowing the City Airport to be turned into an international airport. "It's … [Read more...]

Questions raised over airport’s passenger limit

Local residents have voiced their concern at the decision by bmibaby to switch its operations from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport. The umbrella residents’ group, Belfast City Airport Watch, says it will be asking the Department of the Environment whether or not the planned move will mean that the airport is, … [Read more...]

Residents welcome Assembly committee airport decision

Environment Committee to tell Minister to defer passenger cap move Local residents say they’re delighted that the Assembly’s Environment Committee is to tell the Environment Minister to defer a decision on removing a crucial noise regulation governing George Best Belfast City Airport. Earlier this afternoon, the Environment Committee voted … [Read more...]

O’Leary May Have Gone But Aircraft Noise Hasn’t…

Why your support for our campaign is still vital Ryanair may be about to pull out of Belfast – but that doesn’t mean that things will quieten down for long at George Best Belfast City Airport. Here’s why: Flybe has just announced an additional 100 flights a week on three of the routes operated by Ryanair from City Airport The … [Read more...]