Edinburgh Airport boss confirms trial flight path ended

Airport boss Gordon Dewar assured communities under the trial flight path that it is no longer being used
Airport boss Gordon Dewar assured communities under the trial flight path that it is no longer being used

Campaigners against the trial flight path at Edinbrugh Airport say their lives are still being disrupted by noise, despite assurances that the flight path is no longer being used.

Chief executive, Gordon Dewar, has had to confirm the trial flight path over parts of South Queensferry, Linlithgow and Bo’ness did end last week, after reports of planes still flying overhead came to light.

Campaigner Helena Paul said: “Despite assurances that the TUTUR trial has ended, the noise disturbance has not stopped. In fact, many residents are reporting a serious increase in the levels of noise from flights compared to before the trial started.

“It’s perfectly clear to many thousands of us that there’s been a significant change in the pattern of use of the skies above our heads, to the severe detriment of many communities living beneath.”

Helena, who lives in affected area Blackness, is calling for the airport to release data gathered during the test period so that questions can be answered.

She said: “From this data we can show definitively and precisely what happened pre-trial, and what is happening now.

“We’re not neurotic fools who have suddenly become more sensitised to noise, there has unquestionably and categorically been a change in the noise levels being experienced by many residents across many areas.”

Edinburgh Airport said early noise complaint analysis suggested over half of the noise complaints received during the trial were not about TUTUR flights and were actually in reference to aircraft on a flight path called GRICE – which has been used for over 40 years.

According to figures released by the airport, there were 331 departures on the GRICE path in August last year compared to 362 in August this year.

Mr Dewar said: “The trial has stopped as we stated and there are no flights operating on this route.

“However an MSP and some residents have been in touch with Edinburgh Airport since the end of the trial and have misinterpreted flights that are on a well-established route called GRICE.

“It is worth noting that a substantial percentage of complaints, early indications would suggest well over half, received during the trial also related to flights on well-established and unchanged routes.

“We care greatly about our local standing as we are local ourselves. A huge number of the people who benefit from the 8000 jobs that Edinburgh Airport supports live within 20 miles of the airport – myself included.

“I hope that we can now have a debate about how the airport is to grow in order to deliver for Scotland and at the same time maintain positive relationships with our neighbouring communities.”