Politicians from the Scottish Green Party have questioned plans by Glasgow Airport to revise flight paths, which the airport says is needed to cope with increased passenger numbers and airspace congestion.
Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland and Patrick Harvie, Greens Economy spokesperson claim proposals would see an increase in flights over areas including parts of Kilbarchan, resulting in more noise pollution for local residents.
Airport bosses have said that the new system will improve punctuality and allow them to reduce CO2 emissions. A consultation on the changes was launched this week and residents have 13 weeks to make their views known.
Ross Greer, MSP for the West of Scotland region which includes Glasgow Airport said: “Voices of local communities across the West of Scotland need to be heard and I urge as many people as possible to look at the proposals and respond. I know that people in Renfrewshire have to live with the noise and air pollution from aircraft and this has been a major concern of residents for some years.
“The projections show that parts of Renfrewshire will see the biggest increase in noise. Edinburgh Airport’s recent attempt to ignore the views of communities backfired spectacularly, so Glasgow Airport would be wise to listen to the concerns of those living in Renfrewshire carefully.”
Patrick Harvie said: “Growing the most polluting form of transport for the benefit of wealthy frequent fliers is not a priority when bus and rail fares are going through the roof, hitting everyday commuters in the pocket. It’s hard to believe the airport’s claims that new routes will cut carbon emissions when their ultimate aim is more flights.
“The aviation industry’s claims about reducing its environmental impact tend to fall apart when looked at in any detail, as we saw when the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee questioned the wild claims behind the proposal to cut Air Departure Tax.”