City Airport consultation re-run needed

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The effects of City Airports proposed changes will be to concentrate flights in tighter routes leading to an increase in over flying and noise pollution in some areas. However many of the people who live under these flight paths were not made aware of the proposed changes, with local public meetings or literature, in order to contribute to the debate. Will you urge the CAA to direct City Airport to re-run this inadequate consultation?


Answer for City Airport consultation re-run needed

Answer for City Airport consultation re-run needed

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I share your concerns about the changes to flight paths proposed by London City Airport and a consultation process that has failed to effectively engage with the communities likely to be most significantly affected by them. I wrote to London City Airport during the consultation period to express these concerns and I also raised them with the Secretary of State for Transport.

I have made clear that thorough consultation on proposed flight path changes is non-negotiable. The problem is that the new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) consultation guidelines, which are designed to expedite the introduction of such changes and which London City Airport have followed,  are simply not fit for purpose.

I will continue to lobby for these guidelines to be reviewed to ensure local communities are properly consulted and have a fair opportunity to respond. In line with Section 371 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, I would expect to be consulted on the worked up proposals to be submitted by the Airport to the CAA later this year.  I will again raise my concern that the weakness of the consultation process undermines the validity of any decision taken on that basis.