Stansted Airport routes plan to reduce Heathrow congestion

Stansted Airport Redirecting departures to the east of the airport would decrease congestion over London, NATS said

Related Stories

Plans to change the routes some flights use from Stansted Airport are being put forward to reduce congestion in the skies above Heathrow Airport.

Air traffic control service NATS proposes to redirect the majority of Stansted departures from an established southerly route, to an existing route to the east of the airport.

No new routes are proposed and changes would only affect daytime departures.

NATS has started a 12-week consultation on the proposals.

In a statement, NATS said the proposed changes would "improve efficiency and reduce delays in the South".

'Lower for longer'

Paul Haskins, general manager of NATS' London Terminal Control, added: "At the moment, departures from Stansted heading towards the South East are kept lower for longer when compared to the route heading east because of Heathrow arrivals.

"Moving the majority of departure flights from one route to another will improve the flow of aircraft around the London system and greatly increase the efficiency of the airport's operation."

Chris Wiggan, Stansted Airport's head of public affairs, said the airport supported NATS' proposed airspace changes.

"The safe and efficient management of airspace in the South East of England is an important issue and the consultation will provide an opportunity for people to play a full and active part in the process," he said.

Martin Peachey, a noise adviser for campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion, said: "For people living near Stansted, there will be winners and losers. But we support all efforts which reduce aircraft noise and carbon emission."

He added the group would be giving its views to NATS and advising parish councils under the easterly route about how they can have their say.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Essex

Weather

Chelmsford

28 °C 19 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Stained glass of man with swordFrance 1 England 0

    The most important battle you have probably never heard of


  • Golden retriever10 things

    Dogs get jealous, and nine more nuggets from the week's news


  • Pro-Israel demonstrators shout slogans while protesting in Berlin - 25 July 2014Holocaust guilt

    Gaza conflict leaves Germans confused over who to support


  • The emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-SabahFreedoms fear

    Growing concern for rights as Kuwait revokes citizenships


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CastleRoyal real estate

    No longer reserved for kings and queens, some find living in a castle simply divine

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.