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First of five airspace consultation drop-in sessions gets underway at airport tomorrow

The first of five drop-in sessions to give people the opportunity to learn more about the 13-week public consultation on airspace change proposals will take place at the airport tomorrow.

Staff and members of the public can attend the first session, which takes place at the Holiday Inn at the airport tomorrow between 10am to 7pm.  

Details of the venues, dates and times for the four other drop-in sessions are as follows:

Johnstone Town Hall
25 Church St, Johnstone PA5 8EG
Tuesday 27 February
10am to 7pm

Clydebank Town Hall

5 Hall St, Clydebank, G81 1UB
Tuesday 13 March 
10am to 7pm

Rutherglen Town Hall
139 Main St, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2JJ
Wednesday 14 March
10am to 7pm

Bearsden Community Hub 
69 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 3QT
Friday 16 March
10am to 7pm


Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in decades and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose. 

“We are committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that, however, it is important our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we will only make these changes once we have considered their views. 

“These drop-in sessions are an important part of the 13-week airspace change consultation. They will provide people with an opportunity to meet with members of the Glasgow Airport team and learn more about our proposals.”

Further information on the airspace consultation, including how to respond, can be found over on the airspace page.

Glasgow Airport launched its 13-week consultation on 15 January 2018. The airspace change proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), an industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

A key element of the FAS involves removing ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground-based navigation aid which Glasgow Airport currently uses to guide aircraft to and from the airfield will be decommissioned in 2019. 

The move to satellite-based navigational systems will help reduce the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions. 

No changes to the departure flight paths will be made until the airport has considered the views of all those who respond to the airspace change consultation.