Birmingham Airport conducting airspace consultations

Residents to be asked about potential new flightpaths.

Birmingham Airport is to conduct a consultation to engage with residents that could be affected by newly proposed flightpaths for aircraft departing to the north of the Airport from Runway 33.

The new flightpaths are being implemented due to a national programme to modernise UK airspace, which is introducing changes in the technology used to navigate aircraft and which aims to deliver a more efficient airspace system for the UK.

This will result in the removal of a number of fixed ground radio beacons known as VORs, and the reorganisation of airspace to the north of Birmingham.

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “These consultations are an essential part of the process when submitting an Airspace Change Proposal and are subject to review and approval by the Civil Aviation Authority.

“Aside from technical flying constraints, we also analyse the impact on surrounding communities and take the views of our local stakeholders very seriously. These consultations give an opportunity for dialogue, characterised by an open and honest approach which aims to build understanding, trust and mutual respect. We really encourage local communities to attend.”

Consultations will commence on the evening of Tuesday 4th July 2017 and will run for eight weeks between 18:00 and 20:00.

A full list of locations and dates for the consultations are below:

Tuesday 4th July
St John’s Church Hall

Wednesday 5th July
Castle Vale Community Campus
Castle Vale

Thursday 6th July
Highcroft Community Centre
Stockland Green

Monday 10th July
Methodist Church Centre

Tuesday 11th July
St Wildred’s Community Centre
Hodge Hill

Wednesday 12th July
John Wilmott School
Falcon Lodge

Thursday 13th July
St John’s Church

Monday 17th July
Arden Hall
Castle Bromwich

Tuesday 18th July
Village Hall

Wednesday 19th July
St Mary’s Parish Centre

Thursday 20th July
Birmingham Settlement

Friday 21st July
Nether Whitacre Village Hall