Business & Entrepreneurs Environment Transport

London Oxford Airport expansion consultation

By John Charlton

London Oxford Airport (LOA) based at Kidlington intends to invest in new GPS-based arrival procedures and proposes a re-designating of local uncontrolled airspace to controlled airspace, in order to contain and protect these new procedures.

LOA believe the re-design will enhance levels of safety on the LOA approach and improve efficiency of the airport. The new designs will also enable more effective coordination between LOA and RAF Brize Norton traffic.

A draft proposal for the new procedures and airspace is now available and LAO wish to consult with the local community, local councils and aviation stakeholders to gather the views of those individuals and organisations who may be affected by these proposed changes.

However, there is concern from the General Aviation Alliance (GAA), a body that represents the interests of general aviation with approximately 74,000 members that the changes would not be beneficial to communities around Oxford. GAA believe that Oxford Airport has plans to extend the runway so that larger commercial aircraft, such as Boing 737s, can take-off and land, opening the door for scheduled commercial flights. The airlines operating these aircraft demand controlled airspace and believe this current application is the first step towards turning LOA into a more commercial air transport driven airport.

The consultation will finish on 22 March 2018. To see the plans, and find out how you can comment, visit the webpage at:
www.oxfordairport.co.uk/business-aviation-3-4-5/public-consultation