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Stansted Airport route change opposition group question claims supporting the move

Staff working at the new branch Car Hire Stansted Airport understand it is hard to keep everyone happy all of the time, problems do occur, but they think it must be tough for everybody involved around flight routes and who it will affect.

Campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has voiced cautious views about the changes to aircraft departure routes from Stansted Airport, with the views of NATS’ claims supporting the switch.

NATS the air traffic control body want to transfer the majority of the day-time traffic from the existing south-east flight path to the east route. They suggest this will reduce CO2 emissions and fewer delays for Stansted Airport and other airports. Although the SSE has calculated very little change with the emissions in the area.

SEE points out that the proposal would bring more traffic closer to the southern boundary of Hatfield Forest – a National Trust property and a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the UK’s best remaining medieval royal hunting forest. SSE urged caution when this NATS consultation was launched in mid-June and said that there must be clear and compelling benefits for local residents before any changes are implemented.

Peter Sanders, SSE’s chairman, says “SSE is not convinced that these conditions have been met and we recommend that NATS’ proposed changes should be postponed until they can be assessed in the context of the much more significant airspace redesign planned by NATS for 2018/19.” The consultation closes on September 8.

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