London City Airport - concentrated flight paths

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0491
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There has been a lot of concern amongst residents and local authorities about the impact of the concentrated flight paths London City Airport implemented in February last year.  Will you back the residents, many local authorities in the areas affected and a number of Members of Parliament in calling for the concentrated routes to be reviewed so that communities are guaranteed a break from aviation noise?

Answer

Answer for London City Airport - concentrated flight paths

Answer for London City Airport - concentrated flight paths

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand the concern about the impact of the concentrated flight paths now being flown at London City Airport (LCA). While I am conscious that this is part of a wider air space modernisation programme, the LCA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should regularly review whether this is the best approach to implementing the new technology.

My Deputy Mayor for Transport met with LCA earlier this month to raise our concerns with them directly and press them on steps they can take - and I understand they are meeting with the affected boroughs shortly. As part of the statutory air space process, the CAA will also undertake a review of the changes later this year and I will look at the results carefully.

The residents have my full support in seeking a fairer distribution of flight paths and I urge LCA, the CAA and the Government to work together to address this.