Port Moody sends letter to NAV Canada stating their opposition to flight changes

The historic flight paths from 2018 (blue) in comparison to the proposed flight paths (white) with plane elevation for flights landing in westerly winds. NAV Canada map.

The City of Port Moody has officially joined its sister cities in the chorus of disapproval regarding NAV Canada’s plans to change flight paths over the area.

Following the lead of Port Coquitlam, the city council sent a letter to NAV Canada on Jan. 31 stating its opposition to the proposed changes that would lead to increased air traffic over the Tri-Cities.

Concerns listed in the letter are a lack of demonstrated need for change, noise pollution, health impacts, impacts to land value, and a lack of transparency with regards to the methodology, outputs and assumptions in their noise modelling.

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“NAV CANADA’s proposed new flight paths include arrival approaches that would directly affect the Tri-Cities area, with the potential for more frequent flyovers and more noise pollution,” said Mayor Meghan Lahti. 

“As a Council, we feel it’s important to advocate for the health and safety of our residents. Given the likelihood of negative effects for our community, we respectfully ask NAV CANADA to reconsider and look for other ways to meet their project goals.”

NAV Canada’s flight path changes are part of the Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project for arriving flights at YVR.

The non-profit started their public consultations about the proposed changes in last December, and the feedback period ends on Feb. 3.

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