VIDEO: Growth is good says airport boss as trial flight path comes to end

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Experts will analyse a wealth of data gathered during an experimental flight path from Edinburgh Airport, which came to an end on Wednesday, October 28.

Residents living under the experimental TUTUR flight path can breathe a sigh of relief after months of tireless campaigning about noise and air pollution.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar in the control tower at Edinburgh Airport.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar in the control tower at Edinburgh Airport.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, will now try to assess if making the flight path permanent is achievable. He said: “Most if not all people would agree that the aviation connectivity that we can offer is good for the economy in terms of jobs, but also in terms of access to markets, tourism and all the beneifts that come from it.

“Aviation growth is good for Scotland.

“I think we’re making a very strong case that certainly at peak times we need

that capacity and we need to look at how best to deliver that.

“We need to then make the case that whatever it is we’re doing has got the biggest benefit for the least impact, largely for our neighbours and those living under the flight path.”

Campaign group SEAT, Stop Edinburgh Airspace Trial, spent the duration of the test period lobbying politicians and officials to hear their plight.

Hundreds of people attended a public meeting in Broxburn where a panel of airport bosses were critisised over the location of noise monitors.

Mr Dewar hastened to reassured people that the information gathered would be collated using quite complex software to discover the effects for every location.

He added: “Using the simulation we can stitch together these noise contours so we understand what the noise is like at any given point.”

Linlithgow MSP, Fiona Hyslop, conducted a survey and found the majority of respondants were opposed to the trial and had been adverserly affected.

She said: “I’m pleased the trial is now over and residents who have been affected by unacceptable noise levels both outside and inside their homes can get back to normal. Around 64 per cent of those surveyed by my office said they wanted the trial stopped early and I am pleased that Edinburgh Airport has listened to that majority.

“It is vital that the Civil Aviation Authority is aware of the real disruption this flight path will cause local people and I want to ensure they receive the real complaints directly from the people involved, not just a report from Edinburgh Airport that only has the benefits of expansion at the forefront of their minds.”