HACAN East consulted lawyers to ask whether there was any reasonable chance of challenging the CAA’s decision to allow the concentrated flight paths in court. (The concentrated flight paths were introduced on February 4th 2016). It seems not.
The CAA argued that City Airport was allowed to carry out a minimalist consultation (a technical document on its website and discussions behind closed doors at the supine consultation committee) because the change was minimal.
It argued that, because a lot of the planes already flew the proposed concentrated routes, the proposed change to concentrate the flight paths was not significant enough to require a fuller consultation.
Our lawyers say that, in law, they may be correct. But, if this is right, in our view it just shows how inadequate a body the CAA is to carry out this function – see blog: The CAA – in urgent need to significant reform