Airspace modernisation

Airspace modernisation

Redesigning the skies

Airspace is an essential part of the UK’s national transport infrastructure, but it’s struggling to keep pace with growing demand. This leads to delays, unnecessary carbon emissions and the use of flight paths not optimised to minimise noise.

To deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys with greater capacity – to benefit both passengers and communities – the UK government has committed to airspace modernisation.

One Sky, One Plan

London City Airport is one of 15 airports in the south of England taking part in the One Sky, One Plan airspace modernisation programme, a government-led initiative.

Who’s involved?

Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) is coordinating the programme

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the primary decision-maker, responsible for administering the airspace change process and defining requirements and timescales for delivery

NATS is responsible for redesigning airspace above 7,000ft

UK airports are responsible for redesigning departure and arrival routes below 7,000 ft

What’s our role?

London City Airport was asked to participate to ensure that our arrival and departure routes are integrated with the wider network changes and to help maximise the benefits across the UK.

To do this we’re working with key stakeholders including Iocal councils, MPs, community and business groups, airlines and other groups who may be impacted by aircraft below 7,000 ft.

In Stage 2 we sought their views on design principles (2019) and design options (2021-22).

In Stage 3 we are holding a full public consultation on proposals. This is estimated to happen in 2024 though is dependent on the programme timelines UK-wide, since all airports must fully coordinate and collaborate to achieve the best possible outcome.

Follow our progress on the CAA Airspace Change portal

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