Opponents of attempts to expand Edinburgh Airport have dismissed a 51-page master plan for future development as “public relations spin”.
The group Edinburgh Airport Watch has also called on the Scottish Government to explain how it can reconcile ambitious emissions targets with a scheme it argues would greatly increase air pollution.
The newly-published master plan envisages creating a larger terminal building and developing infrastructure to meet a predicted rise in the number of passengers using the airport.
The strategy has been put out to consultation for the next six weeks.
It covers the next 25 years in what is claimed to be a “realistic and responsible” way, but also contains outline ambitions stretching 40 years into the future.
Its release follows figures showing that this October was the busiest ever for the Scottish airport, with nearly 1,130,000 passengers travelling through.
Edinburgh Airport Watch spokeswoman Helena Paul said: “Really all we are seeing is an attempt by Edinburgh Airport to gain carte blanche approval to do anything they like.
“Our own survey shows they have been talking nonsense about flight paths – they have made life impossible in areas including Blackness.
“The earlier flight paths trial was a disaster, but we’re concerned people will think they’ve given up.
“They haven’t, and will be back to try and expand in a way designed to deliver profits to their shareholders any way they can”.
She argues that while the master plan is about expansion of facilities on the ground instead of the currently stalled bid to make major changes to flight patterns the two are closely inter-related.
Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop has tried to freeze any bid to major move on flight patterns until a new regulatory body has been established.
However, airport management argues it has to develop in order to meet 21st century expectations, and claims it can act as a major driver of tourism.
Plan details can be found at www.edinburghairport.com/about-us/airport-expansion.