Edinburgh Airport reports success of TUTUR flight path trial

8 February 2016 (Last Updated February 8th, 2016 18:30)

Edinburgh Airport in Scotland, UK has reported that the latest five-month trial of the new TUTUR flight path was successful.

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Edinburgh Airport in Scotland, UK, has reported that the latest five-month trial of the new TUTUR flight path was successful.

The trial confirms that the airport can now enable a flight to depart per minute, rather than every two minutes.

This one minute separation time at peak hours has been successful in reducing congestion, enhancing airport efficiency and increasing airspace capacity.

The trial has achieved its objectives and has been shared with local communities and stakeholders in Scotland.

The flight path trial was called off two months early as there were several complaints against it - 7,934 complaints from 567 individuals.

"While the majority of these complaints did not relate to flights on the TUTUR flight path - we take our neighbours' concerns seriously."

Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "The majority of complaints received during the trial period came from a relatively small number of people who live in pockets of communities in West Lothian.

"While the majority of these complaints did not relate to flights on the TUTUR flight path - we take our neighbours' concerns seriously.

"Our decision on TUTUR will not be taken hastily. The trial has allowed us to collect data to inform that decision and should we decide to progress for a permanent change we shall have two three month periods of full consultation, an environmental impact assessment and further rigorous tests."

The trial has confirmed other benefits such as the new radar system RNAV1, which can provide a perfect route to be taken; and less runway holding point congestion, which in turn reduces fuel burn and CO² emissions.

Edinburgh Airport had 21,691 departures between 25 June and 28 October 2015, of which 15,917 aircraft departed from Runway 24.

Of these 15,917 aircraft taking off from Runway 24, about 2,626 aircraft availed the TUTUR departure route.


Image: Edinburgh Airport reports that the TUTUR flight path trila has been successful. Photo: courtesy of M4kumba82/Wikipedia.