Flight Path Usage

Flight Path Usage


Departing aircraft are routed along Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) on the flight path which will get them to their destination by the most efficient route.

Edinburgh Airport has one primary runway (Runway 06/24), which operates in two directions. When Runway 06 is in operation, aircraft arrive from the west and depart to the east. When Runway 24 is in operation, aircraft arrive from the east and depart to the west.

The following Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs) and their Noise Preferential Route (NPR) currently in use at Edinburgh Airport are:

GRICE 3C GRICE 4D
GOSAM 1C GOSAM 1D
TALLA 5C TALLA 5D


SIDs are given their name by a place or position/point that they lead to. GRICE is a point in rural Perthshire and TALLA is near Carlisle, and GOSAM is towards East Kilbride. Aircraft will generally be given the routing along the SID which will get them to their destination the quickest


The charts below provide detail on how many aircraft used of each of our SIDs per month during 2019 and 2020.

As you can see below, the route used by an aircraft is not only determined by its ultimate destination, but also by wind direction. 

SIDs only relate to departing aircraft, arriving aircraft do not have SIDs. They are routed in by our air traffic controlers to maintain safe seperation between arriving and departing aircraft.

2019

R06

 

R24

 

GRICE

TALLA

GOSAM

 

GRICE

TALLA

GOSAM

January

5

54

63

 

309

2268

1773

February

17

117

126

 

272

2140

1699

March

33

206

241

 

318

2313

1918

April

355

1844

2070

 

94

624

571

May

231

1240

1334

 

272

1590

1448

June

219

1194

1306

 

274

605

1384

July

151

829

833

 

361

2173

1934

August

143

745

723

 

402

2319

1960

September

101

555

575

 

384

2255

2079

October

176

1030

1126

 

285

1773

1522

November

 269

 1436

 1663

 

 104

 718

637 

December

 39

230 

232 

 

 402

2156 

1819 

2020 R06   R24
  GRICE TALLA GOSAM   GRICE TALLA GOSAM
January 5 28 34   401 2243 1865
February 43 185 202   402 2000 1657
March 51 135 254   290 1107 1259
April 12 43 121   23 79 51
May 6 24 44   32 136 98
June 21 74 170   24 83 111
July 17 81 155   139 556 589
August 79 441 692   73 460 488
September 29 164 208   162 824 720
October 31 133 217   135 641 558
November 9 38 31   128 347 357
December 20 64 118   86 341 412
2020 R06   R24
  GRICE TALLA GOSAM   GRICE TALLA GOSAM
January 18 88 132   38 242 201
February 16 55 145   26 70 143
March 6 19 68   39 204 223
April 11 64 141   34 160 184
May 43 106 303   53 146 227
June 54 146 446   92 361 500
July 108 261 861   122 310 622
August 106 302 824   138 444 750
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