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Airport's 22,000 flight hike plea

New terminal at Farnborough Airport
The maximum number of take-offs at Farnborough Airport is 28,000

Airport bosses have called for flights from a Hampshire airfield to be raised by 22,000 over the next decade despite residents' concerns about noise.

A government ruling keeps the total number of take-offs at Farnborough Airport at 28,000 but owners TAG Aviation want it increased to 50,000.

The firm said growth would create 1,500 jobs and stated it was committed to tackling noise in its new master plan.

The plan follows consultations where fears for the environment were raised.

In the document, TAG said it was also committed to becoming a low carbon airport and would phase out all but the most modern and quietest categories of aircraft.

We would have to look at our current policies, government policy, along with the economic and environmental impact when considering any request to increase flights
Chief executive Andrew Lloyd
Rushmoor Borough Council

It added that there would be no change to the existing operating hours, weekend flights or the proportion of larger business jet flights permitted.

TAG also ruled out an additional runway or terminal being be built.

There would also be no change to the permitted use of the airport as a business aviation facility and host of the biennial Farnborough International Airshow, a spokesman said.

Brandon O'Reilly, chief executive officer of TAG Farnborough, said: "In seeking to gain permission for more flights at the airport, it is important that our approach is one of balance and responsibility."

Last March, the government allowed TAG to hike its weekend and bank holiday take-offs and landings at Farnborough Airport from 2,500 to 5,000 a year.

Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "The airport is an important part of our economy but we would have to look at our current policies, government policy, along with the economic and environmental impact when considering any request to increase flights in the future."



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