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An offer to plant trees to offset carbon emissions isn’t a solution – it’s a licence to continue with business as usual.  more...

The UK aviation sector has massive expansion plans, that would take its carbon emissions way above even a lax future cap. more... 

Sustainable Aviation is a well funded aviation industry campaign promoting the growth of aviation.  This is what we are up against, BUT, we think you should see what they have to say.  more...

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Heathrow: Court blocks 3rd runway

The Appeal Court has ruled that UK government failed to take account of Britain’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.  This judgement places a huge question mark over expansion plans at any airport in the UK including Newcastle.

Low cost operators with high volumes and tight margins are especially vulnerable to current economic and climate change pressures.  More of them could easily follow Thomas Cook into liquidation with significant consequences for Newcastle Airport.

The UK is the 4th highest emitter of CO2 from aviation in the world.  In a climate emergency, real carbon zero action is essential.  However, Newcastle Airport’s recent Net Zero Carbon 2035 policy (here) falls far short.  Why?

  • There are no measurable targets and no detailed plan

  • 2035 is far too late

  • It is about the Airport company only.

  • It excludes aircraft operators and airlines.

  • It excludes on-site tenants, franchisees and service providers 

  • The Airport’s 2035 growth plan, if achieved, would  wipe out any benefits

 

See our detailed response here 

We appealed to the Civil Aviation Authority's internal appeals process about its refusal to tell us anything about its December 2019 audit of Newcastle Airport in response to our FOI request.  Unsurprisingly, the CAA turned down our request (here). We appealed (here) and you can see the CAA's appeal response here
We will now appeal to the UK Information Commissioner. 

Short cut to less noise?

Newcastle Airport has previously refused to look at modifying flight paths to reduce noise until traffic increases by 50%.  This could be 10 years or more away - if ever.  In any event, a full re-design could take up to 5 years to complete – not helpful to us!.

Now, new rules mean that changes to the way flight paths are managed could be completed in around 46 weeks without the complications of a full re-design.  The process is called a Planned Permanent Redistribution of airspace and could help resolve our noise issues. We plan to ask the Airport about doing this very soon.

Flight paths up for review

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) asked people and organisations organisations to say what they think about the effects of the flightpath changes that came started at Newcastle Airport in early 2017.  We have asked for the decision to be reviewed on the basis of the CAA’s own negative comments on the proposal in 2014.

This review closed on the 27th of January – you can see our comments in full here 

Information request refused!

The Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”) audited Newcastle Airport in December 2019.  We have asked, via a Freedom of Information request, to see the results of that audit because we think the issues they found might be of interest to the general public.  The CAA has refused and we have appealed.  If that fails, we will appeal to the UK’s Information Commissioner for a judgement

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