Night flights to take off from Bournemouth airport

10.7.2009   (This is Dorset)

by Katie Clark

RESIDENTS living under the flight path of Bournemouth Airport could have a rude awakening next summer should newly proposed timetables get
the go-ahead.

Thomson Holidays and First Choice, both owned by TUI Travel, have announced they will be increasing
their capacity from
Bournemouth Airport in 2010, incorporating new routes to Antalya and Bodrum in Turkey, Corfu, Tunisia
and Sharm el Sheikh.

While holidaymakers and the airport, which is currently undergoing a £45 million
expansion project, have welcomed the news, some residents could face more frequent
early morning arrivals.

According to Thomson’s website, weekly flights from Corfu will be arriving at
the airport at 4.05am, arrivals from Sharm el Sheikh flying in at 1.30am, Paphos
at 1.20am, Tenerife at 1.25am with passengers from Turkey touching down at 1.10am
from next summer.

One local woman, who did not want to be named, said:   "When I read that I could
go on holiday to these places from Bournemouth I was really excited and went to
get a brochure to have a look.

"I live directly under the flight path in Poole and seeing the arrival times
for some of the new routes really concerned me.

"I’m all for the expansion of the airport – we all want something better – but
not at the cost of sleepless nights."

Airport spokesperson Sally Windsor said:  "First edition brochures which are
issued so far in advance of summer 2010 do not always have precise flight times
and we are still in discussion with the tour operator regarding optimum operating
schedules for next summer."

Since Christchurch Borough Council granted planning permission for the airport
expansion in 2007, an annual quota for night flights was introduced, which restricts
the amount of noise from the airport.

As long as this limit is not exceeded then the airport can schedule night flights
at its discretion.

A spokesperson for Thomson said:    "As these destinations are further away than
the short haul destinations currently on offer, it can often mean later arrival
times back to the UK.

"Whilst we always try to minimise the amount of night flights through any airport,
we need to balance this with offering an excellent choice of destinations to our

As part of a compulsory noise action plan, Bournemouth Airport launched a 16-week public consultation this week (6/7) and says it already has
a range of noise management measures in place, including "noise preferred routes",
which involve aircraft flying specified departure routes to avoid affecting residents
as much as possible.

Cllr Sally Derham Wilkes, Christchurch Borough Council’s representative on the
airport advisory committee, said: "We understand that the airport is still in
discussions with Thomson and First Choice about their schedules and we are confident
that the airport will ensure that the night flights fall well within these quota

"We are also pleased to see that the airport has just begun a public consultation
on its draft plans to manage the impact of aircraft noise and the council will
be submitting its own views to the consultation."

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The draft Noise Action Plan is available at Bournemouth NAP   (50 pages)


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10.7.2009     (This is Dorset)

Airport noise consultation

RESIDENTS are to have their say on how noise is controlled at Bournemouth Airport.

A 16 week public consultation has been launched by the airport on its draft plans
to manage aircraft noise and review the measures currently in place.

The plans are part of a European Union directive that requires all main sources
of environmental noise – including airports, major roads, railways and urban conurbations
with more than 250,000 residents – to produce Noise Action Plans.

The airport will consider all comments received during the consultation period,
which ends on 21st October, before submitting a plan to the Government for approval
later this year.

The airport already has a wide range of noise management and mitigation measures
in place, including noise preferred routes which require aircraft to fly specified
departure routes.

Bournemouth Airport’s managing director, Rob Goldsmith said: “The Airport is
an important part of the region, generating more than 900 jobs and providing travel
opportunities to more than 40 destinations. We hope this consultation will allow
the local community another valuable opportunity to feed back their views and
help the Airport establish whether the existing noise mitigation programme is
appropriate for the levels of noise currently generated.”

For people wishing to take part in the consultation, copies of the Noise Action
Plan are available online at Additionally copies are
available in the Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and New Forest Council
Offices, as well as Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne and Lyndhurst libraries.