There are other things which affect our decisions about Leeds Bradford Airport, and it’s important that we state and recognise these facts too.
I’m sure that many jobs in and around our community are either directly or indirectly linked to Leeds Bradford Airport. As the airport grows, it will undoubtedly bring more jobs to our region.
But as with most things in life, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Clearly there’s a balance that needs to be struck between the economy, climate change, pollution and noise pollution. The impact of increasing passenger numbers and increase in flights will adversely affect the Burley and Menston communities, particularly if the majority of flight arrivals and departures continue over Burley and Menston. Therefore, we’re suggesting an alternative to the existing NPR and SID.
To refresh your memory, we have:
Adding another 3.1m passengers is likely to massively increase the number of flights from LBA. In 2018, Menston and Burley had some 80% of all flights departing LBA, which equates to 30,944 flights per year, most of those during the summer months. Even if seats were squeezed more closely together than they currently are, and the average occupancy on flights increased to 110, we’re still likely to experience 80% of 64,545 flights off runway 32, that’s 51,636 annual flights.