The first of five drop-in sessions to give people the opportunity to learn more about the 13-week public consultation on airspace change proposals will take place at the airport today.
Staff and members of the public can attend the first session, which takes place at the Holiday Inn at the airport between 10am to 7pm.
Glasgow Airport launched its 13-week consultation on 15 January 2018. The airspace change proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), an industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
A key element of the FAS involves removing ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground-based navigation aid which Glasgow Airport currently uses to guide aircraft to and from the airfield will be decommissioned in 2019.
The move to satellite-based navigational systems will help reduce the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions, the airport says.
Another drop-in session will be held at Johnstone Town Hall, 25 Church St, Johnstone PA5 8EG on Tuesday 27th February between 10am to 7pm. Others will be held in Clydebank, Rutherglen and Bearsden .
Mark Johnston, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in decades and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose.
“We are committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that, however, it is important our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we will only make these changes once we have considered their views.
“These drop-in sessions are an important part of the 13-week airspace change consultation. They will provide people with an opportunity to meet with members of the Glasgow Airport team and learn more about our proposals.”
No changes to the departure flight paths will be made until the airport has considered the views of all those who respond to the airspace change consultation.