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Weekend flights increase approved
Airport bosses have been given the go-ahead to double the number flights from a Hampshire airfield at weekends.

TAG Aviation can now increase the number of weekend and bank holiday take-offs and landings at Farnborough Airport from 2,500 to 5,000 a year.

However, the government has ruled that total take-offs must not exceed the current annual limit of 28,000.

Rushmoor District Council, which threw out the plans after residents opposed them, said it was disappointed.

The ruling by the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and Transport follows a four-day public inquiry held last year.

The airport management team takes its responsibility to the surrounding community very seriously
TAG Aviation

Councillor Peter Moyle, leader of Rushmoor District Council, said: "Clearly we are disappointed that the council's decision has been overturned.

"However, we welcome the fact that the decision has been taken.

"It appears that the inspector, who managed the inquiry, and the Secretaries of State have given careful consideration to the environmental and noise impacts, together with the economic benefits to Rushmoor and the surrounding area."

Council bosses refused planning permission because it considered it would be likely to result in an "adverse impact on the lives of people living near the airfield, particularly because of increased noise and disturbance at times when they are likely to be home".

In a statement, TAG Aviation said: "This ruling means that Farnborough will be able to satisfy more of the substantial demand from business aviation aircraft at weekends, thereby making better use of existing infrastructure in accordance with government aviation policy.

"Irrespective of this decision, the airport management team takes its responsibility to the surrounding community very seriously."



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