People urged to have their say on Stansted Airport flight path plans

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 18 November 2015

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People living close to flight paths from Stansted Airport are being urged to have their say on proposals to reduce the level of overflying by planes.

Under the plans new GPS technology will allow aircraft to fly more accurately along flight paths, meaning more than 4,000 fewer people are flown over by low flying planes.

The changes affect people on the Clacton 22 and Detling 04 departure routes and has already been trialled by the airport with airline partners.

Results from the two-year trial show 85% fewer people are directly overflown by aircraft using the new procedure, which aims to avoid towns neighbouring the airport including Great Dunmow and The Eastons.

Chris Wiggan, Stansted Airport’s head of external affairs, said: “We believe this innovative project demonstrates significant and positive improvements for local residents around the airport. We therefore encourage those living under the departure routes and in the surrounding areas to have a look at the documentation and fill out the feedback form before the consultation closes.”

The consultation, available on the airport web site, closes on Friday November 27 after running for 12 weeks.

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