We recognise that the environmental and social impact of aviation is coming under increasing scrutiny and it is important that this is weighed against the commercial benefits of aviation to the region in the way we operate.
M.A.G has a strong track record of working with partners and stakeholders in the development of policies, practices and solutions that strike a balance between the needs of our airline customers and our neighbours.
We were the first signatory to Eurocontrol’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) initiative which forms part of SESAR and we have been working with airlines, air traffic control and handling agents on a number of projects designed to reduce costs and improve efficiency which also bring with them environmental benefits. We would welcome additional partners to join the group and help identify and develop workable solutions.
We remain an active partner in UK Sustainable Aviation initiative to develop cleaner, quieter and smarter flying. Initiatives so far have included defining the nature of the challenges and the subsequent development of “Road Maps” for the reduction of noise impacts and carbon emissions from UK aviation.
We’re open 24 hours a day, but to reduce noise impacts to our neighbours at night, we do have controls on the types and number of aircraft that can operate at night, and lower night-time thresholds for noise penalties.
With an established express freight operation, East Midlands Airport has a significant night time operation. To reduce disturbance there are restrictions and surcharges that apply to departures of older, noisier aircraft types at night.
Bournmouth Airport forms a gateway to the south of England and London, but to reduce impacts on our neighbours we have restrictions on the scheduling and operation of noisier aircraft at night.