Airport can't explain the mystery of planes flying over Lower Peover couple's house (From Knutsford Guardian)
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Airport can't explain the mystery of planes flying over Lower Peover couple's house
Dak and Jacqui Liyanearachchi told the Guardian the planes had only started coming over the house since April, but Manchester Airport has insisted the routes have not changed n134338
A COUPLE who have lived in Lower Peover for the past seven years have said they have been blighted by aircraft noise for the past five months, but Manchester Airport bosses can’t explain why.
Dak and Jacqui Liyanearachchi have lived in Hulme Lane in the village for seven years and, before May this year, never heard or saw planes directly over their home.
But they have told the Guardian that since May the planes have been waking them up daily at 6am.
Jacqui said she had visited Manchester Airport’s community relations team at their Knutsford drop-in sessions, but was told the flight paths had not changed.
“We want them to come out and see it for themselves,” she said.
“We’ve been living here for seven years and why would we start complaining about them now, if it was the same as it has always been?
“I’ve always seen them coming in from a distance, but they are now much closer – it’s like everything has shifted across.
“They’ve said they can’t explain it, but we want them to come out and see – I’ve told them I’m not bananas!”
Dak has taken pictures of the planes over the house and also used a flight radar application on his iPad to show the airport the routes that the crafts are taking.
“The radar app and the airport are saying the same thing,” he said.
“But where the planes actually are above us, means they are not in line.”
Letters sent by the couple to MP George Osborne resulted in a reply from Charlie Cornish, the airport’s chief executive, who replied with maps showing the routes in and out of the airport.
They have even contacted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), but are awaiting a response.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said the community relations team did not dispute there are planes going over Hulme Lane, but the ones that are overhead are over the required 5,000ft as stipulated as part of the preferred noise route, which the couple live within 1km of.
“Like other large airports Manchester directs departing aircraft to fly within preferred noise routes for the initial, more noisy stages of flight,” he said.
“Where possible, these routes avoid densely populated areas.
“Lower Peover is not directly beneath our publicly published departure routes, plus our flight paths and instructions to pilots have not changed over the time period in question.”
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