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Gatwick Airport flight path change battle not over according to campaigners

This issue will continue to be fought according to staff at the Easirent Car Hire branch at Gatwick Airport. They just hope a fair agreement can be reached.

The consultation on Gatwick Airport flight path change proposal which recently finished is not over according to campaigners who do not want these changes to take place. The possible flight path changes would bring more planes over tranquil areas of west Kent, but a response prepared by the Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign want MPs to include those areas affected by flight paths in a compensation scheme.

Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign published a response to the consultation, a statement said, “Whatever the trial may have proved in terms of the technical ability of aircraft to fly the new route, it has proved one thing above all else – that any of these three new routes would be environmentally unacceptable! We conclude that the case for making any change in the existing flight paths to the west has not been made. None of the proposed new routes should be adopted, and all flights should remain on the existing NPR.”

Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority, Dame Deirdre Hutton told campaigners “Once the proposal has been formally submitted, the CAA will assess it for regulatory compliance in respect of safety, consultation, environmental impact and operational justification. As part of the assessment, we will consider the issues that were raised during the consultation and the way in which the sponsor has responded to them.”

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