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Farnborough Airport submits application to secure its future

16 November 2023
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Farnborough Airport has submitted plans to Rushmoor Borough Council for proposed changes to the way the Airport operates and for enhancements to its community funding programme.

According to spokespeople for the Airport, the application 'directly reflects valuable feedback that the Airport received from residents and stakeholders'.

The airport has consulted on plans to amend its annual flight limit from 50,000 to 70,000 per year alongside other operational changes to meet the long-term market demand for business aviation connectivity from Farnborough.

As one of the largest employment sites in the local area, these changes are essential to safeguard the economic prosperity of the region. Farnborough Airport contributes £200m to the local economy each year, supporting many thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the process.

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As part of its revised plans and in a notable UK first, Farnborough Airport is proposing significant changes to its existing Sound Insulation Grant Scheme. These amendments will offer the most generous eligibility criteria of any comparable airport noise insulation scheme in the country.

Community feedback received during the consultation was extremely important in shaping the final application, directly leading to positive revisions being made to the original proposals.

Commenting on the submission, Farnborough Airport’s Chief Executive Simon Geere said: “We have gone to great lengths to understand the opinions and priorities of local residents and stakeholders regarding our proposed changes.

''We are thankful to the local community for engaging in the evolution of our proposals by providing valuable feedback. This collaborative approach has helped us shape improvements to the final application, which has now been submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council.

“We are committed to ongoing engagement with the community, and will continue to work with residents, community representatives and elected officials in and around Farnborough as our application is considered.”

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