Flight plan overhaul

RESIDENTS in Comet country are being given a say in proposals to change aircraft flight paths. Plans to redraw the aircraft route map across Stevenage and North Herts were published today (Thursday) for public comment in the biggest ever consultation by N

RESIDENTS in Comet country are being given a say in proposals to change aircraft flight paths.

Plans to redraw the aircraft route map across Stevenage and North Herts were published today (Thursday) for public comment in the biggest ever consultation by NATS, the UK's leading air traffic management company.

The proposed changes are the first fundamental overhaul in several decades for this area of airspace.

Routes that would change under the TC North proposals and affect Stevenage and North Herts are Luton departures and arrivals.

Ian Hall, NATS director of operations, said: "It gives us the opportunity to reroute them to avoid flying over as many towns and villages as possible, especially at lower levels.

"That means less noise for people living underneath. Overall we will reduce by some 20 per cent the number of people affected by noise from departing aircraft flying below 4,000ft."

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l To have a say visit www.nats.co.uk/TCNconsultation

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