Trepidation over flight path report
A report into a contentious year-long trial of new flight paths over central Auckland is set to be released by the end of the month.
An Airways New Zealand spokeswoman says commenting on the SMART approach report beforehand would not be appropriate.
The trial, begun in November 2012, was run by Auckland Airport, Airways NZ and Air New Zealand. ‘‘Smart’’ approaches allow planes a more direct route to the airport.
It results in fewer miles flown, a reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions and better noise management for those living close to the airport.
Residents from some central Auckland suburbs, including One Tree Hill, Mt Roskill and Royal Oak, have written to the Central Leader saying the new paths have brought in more planes and aircraft noise.
Royal Oak’s Lorraine Clark says the trial is only part of the problem with a new queuing systems for planes waiting to land also operating.
Its aim is to eliminate airborne air traffic bottlenecks and holding patterns at what is one of Australasia’s busiest international airports.
However the airport says this is not adding any extra noise.
Clark said the focus shifted to getting the rules around air transport changed through the district plan and Civil Aviation.
Airlines, airways and community feedback will be assessed as part of the report.
Noise monitors in the community and data gathered from them will also be considered.