A three-month consultation has been started into possible changes of routes used by aircraft operating at Liverpool John Lennon airport.

Various options have been set out to illustrate how flight paths in the skies above north-west England and North Wales might change in the future as part of airspace modernisation.

The area covered by possible changes to Liverpool airport flight paths reaches to South Lancashire in the north, Warrington in the east, mid-Cheshire in the south and to Flintshire in the west.

The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority plan to modernise UK airspace to handle future aviation growth, with flight paths having to be redrawn in a co-ordinated way.

Airports across the UK will all be consulting with local communities and other airspace users about potential changes to their departure and arrival routes.

As a result Liverpool airport wants consumers who live within areas that “may potentially be affected” to participate in the consultation.

The 12-week consultation that will last until 12 noon on April 9.

Open days will be held at the airport on February 12 and March 7  to discuss the potential impact of any proposed flight path changes.