Local MSP Neil Findlay has welcomed the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reject Edinburgh Airport’s airspace change application at stage 1.
The airport’s proposal has fallen at the first hurdle with the CAA highlighting concerns at how the airport consulted and engaged with stakeholders including local communities.
The airport’s proposals for runway expansion were rejected by the airport watchdog in 2018, which was celebrated by campaigners and local communities following ongoing noise and disturbance complaints.
However, the airport put forward their proposals again late last year but were forced to comply with new CAP1616 rules, which require the airport to progress through a number of stages.
Following the rejection at stage 1, there is nothing to stop Edinburgh Airport putting forward their proposals again, however Mr Findlay has said that this is another “win” for communities and campaigners.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“This is another win for communities in Lothian and campaigners who have long opposed runway expansion at Edinburgh Airport. The CAA have again called out the airport for their poor attempts at engagement with stakeholders.
“For the sake of our communities, and the increased noise and disturbance it would cause people and for the sake of the environment, and acting sensibly to deal with the climate emergency, it is time that the airport abandoned its plans for runway expansion.