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Views lodged on flight increase

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

More than 2,000 people have responded to a consultation process over plans to increase flights from Farnborough Airport by 22,000 by 2019.

A government ruling has kept the total number of take-offs at the Hampshire airport each year at 28,000 but owners TAG Aviation want it raised to 50,000.

The firm said it would tackle any noise issues and the growth would create 1,500 jobs.

Rushmoor Council said both positive and negative responses had been received.

The deadline for comments was Monday.

Additional runway ruled out

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

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.

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.

Earlier, Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, said the authority would have to look at "its 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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