Normal Aircraft Operations
We know that many people living in communities close to the airport have experienced reduced levels of disturbance from aircraft overflights during the pandemic. Now that restrictions are easing, the volume of traffic at the airport will begin to grow and with it, inevitably, will come more disturbance. We understand this may cause annoyance. Because levels of activity have been low, we know some people have found aircraft more noticeable than before and may believe there have been changes compared to pre-pandemic. This not the case. Aircraft are arriving at and departing from East Midlands Airport using the same flightpaths as before the pandemic and are operating under the same procedures.
To find out more about normal operations please see our Living Near the Airport page.
The East Midlands Airport Future Airspace Project
In February 2017 the Department for Transport published ‘Upgrading UK Airspace’. This document reviewed how modern aircraft can use new technology onboard aircraft for greater efficiency and reduced noise. The current departure routes for aircraft are based on navigation equipment on the ground. Modern aircraft can replace this method of navigation by using satellites. Satellite-based routes enable aircraft to follow the centre lines of departure routes while maintaining safety more accurately. You can find out more about why Airspace change is needed by following this link to a video.
The CAA consulted on a process for airports to work with communities when they modernise their airspace. This process was introduced in 2017 (and was last amended in March 2021), in a document called CAP1616, this sets out the detailed seven stage process that East Midlands Airport must follow. You can read and/or download the latest version of CAP1616.