Edinburgh Airport chiefs to attend public meeting in Broxburn

Edinburgh Airport's new flight path
Edinburgh Airport's new flight path

Campaigners against the trial flight path over parts of West Lothian will tonight come face to face with Edinburgh Airport bosses for the first time.

This follows a debate in the Scottish Parliament last week, when a number of MSPs called for the six-month trial to be cut short.

The airport has received thousands of complaints from people living under the new flightpath, which passes over communities including Bo’ness, Blackness, Linlithgow and Queensferry.

Helena Paul, of Blackness, has sent over 200 specific email complaints to the airport authority in one week and said she is considering moving out of the village.

She said: “The current flight trial is having a severe impact on the quality of life of many thousands of people accross West Lothian and Falkirk district.

“There are huge implications for thousands of people and if it can happen here, 12 miles from the airport then no area is safe.”

Neil Findlay, the Labour MSP for Lothian organised the public meeting meeting and has called for the trial to be halted immediately.

A spokesman for the airport said: “Edinburgh Airport is conducting this trial under full compliance with the CAA guidelines on airspace change. What those guidelines recommend as best practice is a matter for the CAA and the government.”