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Decision on air routes good news for Chilterns

PUBLISHED: 13:35 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 20 February 2013

The Chilterns Conservation Board has welcomed the news that proposals to change the routes of aircraft flying in and out of Luton Airport have been dropped.

The Chilterns Conservation Board has welcomed the news that proposals to change the routes of aircraft flying in and out of Luton Airport have been dropped.


The proposed changes, put forward by the National Air Traffic Service (NATS), would have resulted in more aircraft flying over the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), at lower levels, disrupting the tranquillity of this beautiful area of countryside.


According to NATS the decline in the amount of air traffic using British air space since 2007 means there is no longer a need to re-organise flight paths to ease congestion. This is good news for the Chilterns, and the thousands of people who enjoy its tranquil green spaces every year.


A strong local campaign, led by the Chilterns Conservation Board and groups such as the Chilterns Countryside Group, also played a major part in NATS decision not to re-route aircraft over the Chilterns AONB.


Nearly 15,000 individuals and over 500 interest groups responded to the public consultation on the proposed changes and the vast majority were opposed to them.


There will now be a longer-term review of air traffic flight paths over southern England.

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