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Windsor MP welcomes CAA’s call for a ‘rethink’

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has called for a ‘complete rethink’ of the airspace patterns before either Heathrow or Gatwick is given permission for a new runway.

He has warned that unless air flight patterns are modernised the expanded airport may be unable to use any of this additional capacity due to lack of airspace.

Mr Haines compared the situation of expanding an airport without redesigning airspace to ‘building a brand new car park and forgetting to build the access road to it’.


The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the announcement:

“Most sensible people realise that a third runway at Heathrow is nonsensical because it is already the most expensive airport in Europe, in breach of pollution regulations, requires billions of taxpayer subsidy and could only operate at half capacity. We now discover that it is not guaranteed that Heathrow can use any additional airport capacity.

“To remain a great trading nation we will need to be able to handle many more flights in the coming decades to keep up with demand. However, it is essential that the airspace we currently have is accessible and used as effectively as possible”

“Heathrow is permanently stymied by its archaic location; a relic of the day before mass air travel. This country will need 4 or more extra runways over the next 50 years to remain a great trading nation. That simply isn’t possible at Heathrow.”



Adam Afriyie expresses concern with new flight path trials

Today Adam Afriyie has expressed concern with new flight path trials over Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere, and urged Heathrow Airport to work with the local community to find a solution.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“Many of us are acutely aware that Heathrow is currently trialling new flight paths over Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere. My postbag and inbox are full of letters and emails from concerned residents who have contacted me to say that the noise from these aircraft is disturbing and alarming. I am not surprised and I am currently writing replies to everyone who has been in contact.

“I have also been in contact with Heathrow Airport to request more information about these trials and express constituents’ concerns directly. Heathrow Airport Ltd must take these concerns seriously, and I urge them to find a solution that is acceptable to the local community.

“For 10 years I have been fighting Heathrow expansion and I will continue to fight tooth and nail against any increase in flights which exposes more people to higher levels of aircraft noise.”


Notes to Editors:

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