Doncaster Sheffield Airport launches airspace consultation
The Airport Company have taken the decision to extend the deadline to receive responses to the current public consultation due to the additional time constraints experienced at this time of year. The public consultation on proposed changes to the airspace around Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) launched on Monday 25th September outlines potential changes to the routes that aircraft depart and arrive into the airport. The deadline to send responses will now be 22nd December 2017.
DSA is participating in a UK-wide initiative to modernise airspace known as the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) backed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which will involve moving away from the traditional ground-based navigation and over to a new satellite navigation system known as Area Navigation (RNAV).
The airport has taken the opportunity to utilise this new technology to develop and consult on improved departure and arrival routes from the site, investing over £100,000 in the design process.
The new technology will allow aircraft to operate with greater accuracy within their designated flight paths when departing and arriving from DSA. The routes have been designed to be similar to the current routes but improved, where possible, to reduce disruption to communities surrounding the airport.
More details including the full consultation document can be found on the DSA website: www.flydsa.co.uk/about-us/dsaconsultation/
A spokesperson for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This process will allow us to ensure that we are using our airspace in the most efficient way, whilst also reducing disruption to local communities. We have made considerable efforts to design these proposed routes to the benefit of local communities and to ensure safety.
“The government’s objectives to modernise UK airspace policy are a welcome step which could bring wider benefits across the UK such as noise reduction, less CO2 and other emissions, plus fuel and time savings.
“We have worked closely with local stakeholders to develop these proposals, including our Airport Consultative Committee made up of elected representatives, local public agencies, local business, residential communities and airport users. We would encourage all interested parties to participate in the consultation process.”
Alan Tolhurst, Chair of the Airport Consultative Committee said:
“As an independent forum we welcome this consultation and support the proposed changes within it, which we see as delivering a number of benefits to local communities.
“DSA plays an important role in the local economy, supporting a number of jobs and bringing visitors to our region. We are appreciative of the steps taken by the airport to involve us and wider stakeholders in the development of these proposals.”
More details of the Doncaster Sheffield Airport Consultative Committee can be found here: http://www.southyorks.gov.uk/JAGUHome/AirportConsultativeCommittee.aspx
The project is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility