After the previous Airport Change Programme (ACP) was rejected last year, Edinburgh Airport have now applied to the CAA for another ACP to change flight paths around Edinburgh Airport. EAL are required to follow a different process (CAP1616) than they followed with the previous ACP. One of the major differences is a seven stage process – Stage 1 step 1B outlines the requirement to engage with stakeholders, which includes Community Councils, to determine design principles that will form the foundation of the programme including evaluating flight path options in further stages. The airport have been holding engagement workshops for stakeholders in Oct to help design the principles for future arrival and departure flight paths.
EAL sent their Stage 1 Gateway submission to the CAA on 3rd Jan 2020.
Update 25th March 2020: The CAA rejected the EAL application to pass the Stage 1 Define Gateway but EAL has now resubmitted their application.
CAA website that shows progress in the CAP1616 process so far and the EAL submissions: EAL ACP 2019
UPDATE 21st Jan 2020
Based on further data received from EAL on 18 January, EANAB’s Review of EDI runway capacity has been updated as attached below.
For some months now, a number of Community Councils have been asking Edinburgh Airport Noise Advisory Board (EANAB) to provide information to give their residents a more in-depth understanding of the Board’s position on the justification of the need for increased runway capacity. As Edinburgh Airport Ltd’s (EAL) advisers on communities’ EDI aircraft-related noise concerns, EANAB has up to now refrained from doing this, pending the outcome of the discussion of the supporting data by the technically-minded representatives of both EAL and EANAB.
Despite a very helpful workshop held on 19 December, EANAB continues to believe the data demonstrates there is no justification for additional runway capacity. This was explained in the Board’s email to EAL of 1 January. That email also refers to the provision of further data from EAL by the middle of this month, with more to follow thereafter, to help the Board understand EAL’s need for additional runway capacity. It is likely that EANAB will therefore be working with EAL for some time in an attempt to reach an agreed position on this matter.
However, it has not been possible for EAL to provide the additional data in line with the original timescale, so in these circumstances the Board considers it unreasonable to continue to wait and withhold it’s present informed view on the situation. This is why the package below has now been uploaded, based on the significant amount of data the Board now has.
UPDATE 19th Oct 2019
Because of the concerns of EANAB members that attended the Engagement Workshops a letter was sent by Lindsay Cole, Chair EANAB to EAL’s Gordon Robertson, see below.
EANAB summary of the ACP:
Edinburgh Airport ran an Airspace Change Programme from 2015-2018, which included three public consultations. The feedback from these consultations informed their application for Application for Airspace Change in August 2018. The CAA rejected this Application for Airspace Change in November 2018. See below for the links to these submissions.