Scotland works on a new air route to increase capacity

28 April 2015 (Last Updated April 28th, 2015 18:30)

Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport has introduced a new departure route from the airport to increase its capacity.

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Scotland's Edinburgh Airport has introduced a new departure route from the airport to increase its capacity.

The airport will carry out its airspace trial run for the next six months, starting 25 June.

Air traffic control providers NATS will be supporting the trial that will be in line with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance.

"At the moment, Scotland's aircraft currently fly on a network that was designed in the 1970s."

The introduction of the new Standard Instrument Departure (SID) route that will be applicable for certain aircrafts will help in allowing the departure of aircrafts of certain sizes within a one minute interval.

Some of the aircrafts expected to use the route are B737s, A319, A320, A321, 787 and A330s.

Edinburgh Airport COO David Wilson said: "As we continue to see more passengers travel through our airport, it's more important than ever to increase airspace capacity above Central Scotland to cater for this growth.

"At the moment, Scotland's aircraft currently fly on a network that was designed in the 1970s. What we're aiming to do is begin upgrading the airspace above Edinburgh Airport and bring it into the 21st century."

As per the new route, aircrafts will be required to take off in a south westerly direction and turn right towards the River Forth, climbing above water before flying back over land at a height of around 13,000 feet.

The new route which is currently in a trial phase will require a statutory change process in the future and additional public engagement and consultation with stakeholders.

"We've taken great care to design this new departure route with the utmost consideration for our neighbours. The route passes over very few populated areas and flies over the river for the bulk of its flight path.

"We've actively contacted various local community councils, groups and politicians and will continue to do this regularly to ensure people understand why we're doing this. This will also help us find out how the new SID route is impacting on them. We'll be placing noise monitors along the flight path so we can collect data on the flights and analyse any spikes in noise," added Wilson.


Image: The new route that will lead to departure of aircrafts of a particular size in every one minute will help in increasing the Edinburgh Airport's capacity.