Airspace Change Programme consultation report published

Second consultation to begin in early 2017 

Edinburgh Airport has published its initial Airspace Change Programme (ACP) consultation report showing 5,880 responses were submitted when the airport canvassed opinion on airspace redesign and modernisation this summer.
The consultation, which is the biggest of its kind undertaken by a UK airport and is currently being sent to stakeholders, ran between June 6 and 19 September.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “This Airspace Change Programme consultation has been a very high priority since it began in June. We have gone over and above and what any other UK airport has done in terms of reaching out and listening to our neighbouring communities.”
“Meeting and listening to people in our neighbouring communities has been an invaluable exercise for us; we have learned a lot about their hopes and concerns are in regards to the growth and development of Edinburgh Airport.
“We’ve run an open and transparent process which has been independently audited by The Consultation Institute who assessed the process as ‘Good Practice’.
“We have also consulted with stakeholders across a wide spectrum of public and private sectors, encouraging people to engage with us and respond to our consultation question, “What local factors should be taken into account when determining the position of the route within the design envelope given the potential impacts, and why?
“During the initial consultation we received a total of 5,880 responses; 89 from stakeholders and 5,791 from members of the public. I’m encouraged with that public response which is detailed in the report.
“The report does not put forward our response to the consultation. Instead, it describes what we did to highlight this initial public consultation and what the public, organisations and elected representatives told us.
“We will be presenting our design options – in part guided by the findings of this initial consultation – and beginning a second consultation in early 2017.”
To highlight the consultation process:
  • Edinburgh Airport attended 15 community meetings and drop in sessions
  • Edinburgh Airport met with 22 individual elected key stakeholders including MPs and MSPs
  • During the first week of the initial consultation Edinburgh Airport distributed leaflets to 643,655 households across the EH, KY and FK postcodes
  • Edinburgh Airport ran a social media campaign with a combined organic and advertised campaign that had a reach of 505,230
  • Edinburgh Airport ran a three week TV advertising campaign, 451,111 people saw the commercial at least once over this period
  • In week seven and week thirteen of the campaign Edinburgh Airport ran advertising in local press
  • Edinburgh Airport launched the consultation with a media invite gaining broadcast and widespread media interest
  • Edinburgh Airport issued proactive press releases and reactive media lines throughout the consultation period
The response Edinburgh Airport received:
  • 85,342 visits to letsgofurther.com and 5,880 responses submitted between June 6 and 18 September
  • Edinburgh Airport emailed the consultation at its launch to 334 Councillors – three (3) responded to the consultation (1%)
  • Edinburgh Airport emailed the consultation at its launch to 188 MPs and MSPs – 11 responded to the consultation (6%)
  • Edinburgh Airport emailed the consultation at its launch to 916 stakeholder organisations – 34 responded to the consultation (4%)
  • Edinburgh Airport emailed the consultation at its launch to 226 Community Councils, of those contacted – 33 responded to the consultation (15%)
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