As work begins on an £80m expansion at Edinburgh Airport, a local councillor is reminding residents to have their say on aircraft noise.
Edinburgh Airport is building a new three-storey extension which will provide six more gates and more space for shops and customs and immigration when it is finished next summer.
Edinburgh Airport officials are expecting passenger numbers to go up by 16.5 million by 2021 and recently consulted with members of the public across the Lothians and Fife about controversial flight path changes.
Councillor Dave Dempsey, Conservative councillor for the Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay ward, has encouraged residents throughout Fife to tell the Civil Aviation Authority what they think about aircraft noise.
Councillor Dempsey said “The CAA is currently running an online survey. There’s widespread concern about the consultation that Edinburgh Airport carried out recently on its flight path proposals.
“Those proposals have now gone to the CAA, so this is a chance for the public to put their views directly to the decision makers, rather than second hand via the Airport. The online consultation is much, much shorter than the Airport’s offering, so I’d encourage everyone with an interest locally to take advantage of it.”
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said last week that the airport was Scotland’s fastest growing airport in the UK and welcomed the expansion project.
He said: “This is a major investment for the capital and Scotland and further establishes Edinburgh Airport as one of the most innovative and forward thinking airports in the UK.
“We are Scotland’s busiest airport and the fastest growing airport in the UK – and that demand is only going to grow with record numbers of passengers we expect to see passing through the terminal.
“There have been times this summer where we’ve experienced busy periods that have impacted on our service and this investment in new facilities will ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing.
“As Scotland’s gateway to the world, it’s vital that we have first class infrastructure and we will continue to invest in that, creating more jobs, supporting the economy and opening up Scotland to the world.”