CAA decision on flight path changes expected Ocotber

Posted on September 13, 2015

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is expected to announce its decision on whether London City Airport will be required to reconsult on it proposals to concentrate flight path over narrow corridors in October.

The CAA have also come in for big criticism in Scotland where they failed to order a proper consultation on a flight path change at Edinburgh Airport.  See video of fascinating debate in the Scottish Parliament.  GIP, which also owns London City Airport, comes in for much criticism.

Flight paths would be concentrated over areas like Bow, parts of Leyton, Leytonstone,Wanstead, Dagenham and parts of Havering.  In South London they would be concentrated over Eltham, Catford, Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, Stockwell and Brixton.

Last year there was anger from residents, local authorities and politicians that City Airport refused to leaflet the areas affected or hold public meetings.

Hundreds of people  complained to the CAA, which oversees the process, and called for a fresh consultation.

Debate in the Scottish Parliament:


Campaign Group to take on Airport at Public Inquiry

Posted on September 13, 2015

Campaign Group to take on Airport at Public Inquiry

Local campaign group Hacan East has been granted Rule 6 Status at a planning inquiry assessing whether or not City Airport should be granted permission to expand.

‘Rule 6 Status’ means the group will be recognised as a formally involved party at the Inquiry, due to begin in March.

The other Rule 6 parties are the Mayor of London, Newham Council and London City Airport.  Their statements of case are below.  The Public Inquiry will be held in March next year.  It follows the Mayor of London’s refusal to approve City Airport’s expansion proposals on noise grounds (1).

The Airports wants a bigger terminal and new taxiways to allow bigger planes to use the airport which would enable it to serve destinations further way  – places like Moscow and Istanbul – in addition to the short-haul destinations it mostly serves today.

On receiving the news that the Planning Inspectorate had granted the group Rule 6 Status, HACAN East Chair John Stewart said: “This will be the chance for a residents-led group to go face-to-face with City Airport bosses to question them on their expansion proposals, which would inflict unacceptable noise and air pollution on east Londoners.”

Newham Council granted planning permission in February but Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London directed the council to refuse such permission.(1)


Statements of Case (the arguments the different bodies will be putting forward at the Public Inquiry).  HACAN East’s will be available at the end of September.


Mayor of London Statement of Case – 19 August 2015 APPG5750W153035673

Newham’s: Statement of Case on Behalf of the Local Planning Authority (Final) 19.8…