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PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONSULTATION CLOSED ON MONDAY 27TH APRIL HAVING BEEN EXTENDED BY 2 WEEKS TO GIVE PEOPLE MORE TIME TO PARTICIPATE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

 

 

What is the Airspace Change Proposal?

 

We have commenced a consultation as part of the modernisation of the UK’s airspace, which will involve potential changes to the routes taken by aircraft departing from and arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The UK’s airspace is some of the most complex in the world yet has not undergone significant change since the 1950s. The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) plan to modernise UK airspace in order to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys by air in and around the UK and to accommodate future aviation growth, with flight paths having to be redrawn in a coordinated way.

As a consequence, airports across the UK will all be consulting with local communities and other airspace users about potential changes to their departure and arrival routes.

Our 12 week consultation which was set to last until 12:00 on Thursday 9 April 2020 has now been extended until 12:00 on Monday 27th April 2020 to give people more time to participate during the current coronavirus outbreak.

In the consultation Liverpool John Lennon Airport has set out various options to illustrate how the flight paths of aircraft operating to or from the Airport in the skies above North West England and North Wales, might change in the future as part of this airspace modernisation.

The area covered by possible changes to flight paths of aircraft relating to LJLA, reaches to South Lancashire in the north, Warrington in the east, Mid-Cheshire in the south and across to Flintshire in the west. Consequently, LJLA is keen that members of the public who live within areas that may potentially be affected by such changes to aircraft flight paths, participate in the consultation.

Two open days will be held at the Airport over the coming weeks as part of the consultation; one on Wednesday 12 February and the other on Saturday 7 March with representatives from the Airport on hand to discuss the potential impact of any proposed flight path changes.

This consultation is the latest stage in a process that started for LJLA over two years ago, with the Airport hoping to implement changes if approved within the next 24 months.

John Irving, CEO for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented, "This consultation gives the Airport the opportunity to share its thoughts with various stakeholders across parts of North West England and North Wales and to seek feedback from communities regarding the various flight path changes being proposed.

"We hope that people will get involved with this consultation so that they can have their say on this important issue and help to shape the use of the airspace in this part of the UK."

 

Questions and answers

 

What is the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP)?

The ACP is LJLA’s application to the CAA to change the flight paths or routes of aircraft arriving and departing from our airport. It is similar to a planning application and is typically a 2-3 year process. We are currently at the public consultation stage. You can find out more about the process in our Consultation Document at https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/PublicProposalArea?pID=28.

 

Why is LJLA seeking to change the airspace?

The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority plan to modernise UK airspace in order to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys by air in and around the UK and to accommodate future aviation growth, with flight paths having to be redrawn in a coordinated way.

As a consequence, airports across the UK will all be consulting with local communities and other airspace users about potential changes to their departure and arrival routes.

LJLA is, therefore, seeking to meet regulatory requirements for the modernisation of its airspace through the introduction of satellite-based navigation routes that will enable aircraft to fly more accurately and to allow seamless integration of flights across the UK and abroad.

 

When does the consultation start?

Monday 13 January 2020

 

When does the consultation end?

12:00 on Thursday 9 April 2020

 

Where do I find more information and how can I participate?

All of the information on the Airspace Change and how you can participate in our consultation can be found on the official CAA Airspace Portal page https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/PublicProposalArea?pID=28

You can also find out more in person at one of our public consultation drop-in sessions shown below, to be held at Liverpool John Lennon Airport with free parking and refreshments available for all attendees:

  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 between 13:00 and 20:00
  • Saturday 7 March 2020 between 10:00 and 16:00