Urgent rethink needed on Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plan

From: Sarah Mumford, Ilkley Road, Otley.

Do you agree with this reader's comments on the Leeds Bradford Airport plan?

I AM raising urgent concerns about the Leeds Bradford Airport planning application that has just been launched with three weeks for consultation. This is a woefully short time period at a time when the future of flying is in serious jeopardy anyway.

The consultation period must be extended if at all possible. There are 200 documents to read. As someone living under the flight path, the increase in flight times for me is unacceptable.

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Leeds have committed to halving current carbon emissions by 2025 I think and I fail to see how this can be achieved with an increase in flying. It doesn’t make any sense at all.

Going from 38,000 flights to 70,000 flights a year is just crazy now. No one wants to fly now and even if they did the air pollution impact is simply untenable if we are to prevent climate change finishing us all off if Covid-19 doesn’t in the meantime.

There is also the impact of the increased traffic to get to the airport. The whole thing is ridiculous.

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