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DfT Regional Consultations on Airport Development
Deadline Spring 2003
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Reproduced from an alert issued by the GAAC.
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Update Following the successful challenge relating to the exclusion of extra runways at Gatwick the consultation period has been extended beyond the original 30/11/02 deadline. The Government will be producing a revised consultation paper for the South East, after which an additional 4 months will be available for comment. Responses already made will still be considered, but new responses for all regions can still be submitted. The Gov't news release on this can be found here.
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Alert The Department for Transport has published consultation documents on airport development in the South East, the South West, the Midlands, the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is part of a nationwide exercise covering the whole of the UK that is intended to help the government develop its aviation policy for the whole of the UK up to the year 2030.

Following the consultation, the Government will be publishing a new Air Transport White Paper that will provide a policy framework for the long term future of both aviation and airports in the UK.

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Action While the majority of the questions posed have little relevance to GA, it is important that the following message is registered with every reply.

'General Aviation is an essential component of the aviation sector and its aerodromes are a key part of the national transport infrastructure. Hence for GA to function effectively and contribute to aviation development in the UK and Europe, any new developments must take account of GA's needs. It is essential therefore that:
1. there should be provision for GA at all new and developed locations to facilitate a co-ordinated air transport system for the country;
2. any airspace changes resulting from airport developments should accommodate GA.   Some of the proposals for airport development in the consultation documents would lead to serious reductions in uncontrolled airspace.

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More Info For each area of the UK there is a main consultation document, a summary and a questionnaire. Copies of the consultation documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Department for Transport website or obtained by phoning the inquiry line on 0845 100 5554.

Other supporting technical documents covering all study areas have also been made publicly available. Details of how to obtain these can be found in the consultation documents as well as on the website.

If you wish to make your own input to the consultation process don't delay. Do obtain the documents that interest you as soon as possible as the deadline for the receipt of  comments on this very important stage in the evolution of aviation in this century is 30 November 2002.

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