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New consultation launched as Biggin Hill Airport reveals new flight path plans

PUBLISHED: 08:57 18 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:57 18 November 2015

Biggin Hill Airport managing director Will Curtis

Biggin Hill Airport managing director Will Curtis

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The new flight paths would use a GPS landing system aimed at reducing noise and disturbance in the Bromley area

Potential alterations to Biggin Hill Airport’s flight paths have been revealed.

A new stakeholder consultation has been launched over plans to introduce a new GPS landing system aimed at reducing noise and disturbance in the Bromley area.

At present, all flights approach from the north east over the built-up area of the borough using a state-of-the-art GPS guidance system, but the new plans mean that between 30 and 35 per cent of current flights will divert from that route, instead staying higher and making a direct and quieter approach from the south west, remaining 3,000 feet in the air until the final approach.

Will Curtis, managing director of Biggin Hill Airport, said: “These changes will bring benefits to all residents living around the airport - north, south, east and west.

“Residents living to the north west such as in Farnborough and Petts Wood will have 30-35 per cent fewer overflights, whilst residents to the west and south west will have aircraft much higher than is the case today and making much lower noise on our new guidance system.”

Members of the public can make comments during the consultation, which began on Wednesday and runs for 12 weeks.

Airports looking to make changes such as these must follow a procedure laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

If given the green light, the new flight paths could be utilised during the Autumn of 2016.

The news comes as part of a busy few weeks for the airport, who will discover next Wednesday whether their application to extend operating hours at the airport has been successful.

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