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, once again, breaching planning regulations.

“Only last month, the Assembly’s Environment Committee recommended that the airport’s  stipulated passenger limit should remain in place for now,” said BCAW’s spokesperson, Dr Liz Fawcett.

“Committee members also voiced concern that the airport had, in fact, exceeded that limit in the 12 months to last July.

“The airport’s passenger limit is vital in terms of noise management, and we are worried about the implications of this move by bmibaby.

“Many people expected us to celebrate when Ryanair departed, but we knew it wouldn’t be long before other airlines moved in.

“What is needed is robust enforcement by the Department of the regulations under which the airport is supposed to operate, and that hasn’t been happening to date.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11837179

Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    “Only last month, the Assembly’s Environment Committee recommended that the airport’s  stipulated passenger limit should remain in place for now,” said BCAW’s spokesperson, Dr Liz Fawcett.

    How times change. 2 months later the passenger limit is dropped. Congratulations to the ‘Environment Committee’ for once again not giving a damn about the environment or those who live in it.

  2. Brian McClure says:

    To see attached email to Chris Lundy – grateful for any comments:

    Dear Sir

    I remain dissatisfied with the number of flights arriving over the city – almost 500 in November.

    I am under the flight path and getting fed up with the noise of aircarft from 6.30 in the morning.

    Yuo do not, in my view, adhere to your policy of a bias towards the Lough and I am not satified that the wind conditions justify the large proportion of flights arriving over the city.

    I intend to take the matter up with my local MLA but out of courtesy wish to afford you the opportunity to respond before doing so.

    Brian McClure

    http://www.belfastcityairport.com/getdoc/6b8cdf81-d721-4a32-923f-97c2aa3580de/Statistics.aspx

    http://www.belfastcityairport.com/Corporate-Social-Responsibility/Environment/Noise-Complaints.aspx
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Chris Lundy
    To: brian.mcclureok@ntlworld.com
    Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 8:29 AM
    Subject: City Airport

    Dear Mr McClure,

    Your complaint of 5 June has been forwarded to me.

    I regret that there has been an increase in the number of flights arriving over the city in recent months. This is largely the result of the wind conditions experienced recently.

    We would normally expect prevailing westerly or southerly winds which, given that aircraft would normally take off and land into the wind, enable the majority of arriving flights to come in over the lough, with the majority of departing flights to go out over the city. However, we have recently experienced an unusually prolonged period of easterly and northerly winds which has meant a reversal of the normal fight patterns, with long periods of traffic arriving over the city and departing over the lough.

    However, I would want to take this opportunity to assure you that it would be our preference to operate with aircraft arriving over the lough and departing over the city, as this

    co-incidently makes it easier for aircraft to join the ‘airway’ enroute to England. I am pleased to note that with a change in wind direction, aircraft are currently landing over the lough.

    I hope this information is helpful to you.

    Regards,

    Chris. Lundy
    Environment Manager
    Belfast City Airport
    Sydenham By Pass
    Belfast
    BT3 9JH

    Direct Tel: 028 9093 5024
    Fax: 028 9093 9094

    Help cut carbon…do you really need to print this email?

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