The need for airspace modernisation

The UK’s airspace handles around 2.5 million flights a year, carrying over 270 million passengers. Flights are forecast to grow to 3.25 million by 2030, with passenger numbers increasing to 355 million.

However, the structure of our airspace was established over 40 years ago. To meet the predicted demand without delaying passengers or having to cancel flights, we need to modernise our airspace. If we don’t, delays faced by passengers are likely to soar, with 1 in 3 flights delayed by half an hour or more by 2030.

Airspace change is complex and doesn’t happen quickly, it takes years and we are already behind schedule. It is essential the aviation industry, the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority work together with local communities to upgrade our airspace.

We welcome the UK airspace policy and urge Government to maintain its support and advocacy as they develop their Aviation Strategy and as industry comes forward with proposals.

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The Sky’s the Limit campaign brings together the UK aviation industry.

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14.12.2017

The Sky’s the Limit launches ‘The need to modernise’

The Sky’s the Limit launches ‘The need to modernise’ As millions of passengers prepare to fly through UK airspace over the Christmas break, The Sky’s the Limit – a coalition representing airlines, airports and UK air traffic control –… Read More

25.10.2017

Aviation industry welcomes Government response to airspace consultation

The Sky’s the limit coalition representing airports, airlines and UK air traffic control has welcomed the publication of the Government’s airspace policy as a first step towards modernising our airspace. Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, speaking… Read More

02.02.2017

Aviation industry welcomes Government leadership on airspace modernisation

Aviation industry welcomes Government leadership on airspace modernisation The Sky’s the limit coalition representing airports, airlines and UK air traffic control has welcomed the publication of the Government’s airspace and noise policy as a first-step towards modernising our airspace. Without… Read More

30.01.2017

Political support key for airspace modernisation says The Sky’s The Limit

Henk van Klaveren, Public Affairs & PR Manager at the Airport Operators Association, speaking on behalf of The Sky’s the Limit coalition, said: “We welcome the Committee’s inquiry to identify the need for change to current airspace structures and potential… Read More

26.01.2017

Aviation industry welcomes Government support for airspace modernisation

Dale Keller, Chief Executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK and speaking on behalf of The Sky’s the Limit coalition, said: “Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has set out the overwhelming case for airspace modernisation. It will benefit… Read More

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