The need to modernise UK airspace

Modernising UK airspace – why there must be change

The UK aviation sector is the third biggest in the world contributing £52.4bn to the UK coffers – at 3.4 per cent of the country’s GDP, aviation more than any other sector is key to our economic success.

As a high-technology engineering, manufacturing and service industry, aviation is part of the country’s heritage as well as its future at the cutting edge of design and innovation.

And the UK’s world-class aviation sector puts the country at the heart of the global economy facilitating international trade and investment, transportation of people and goods, manufacturing supply chains and tourism. Travel for leisure and pleasure, visiting families and friends, is also provided for by UK aviation.

This short film explains in more detail the strategic case for change and a detailed explanation can be found in this paper.

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Creating airspace fit for the 21st century

What future of airspace modernisation can promise

While air traffic is growing – and is close to outgrowing the airspace available to support it – much of the UK’s airspace structure hasn’t changed since the 1960s.

In that time technology and the capability of aircraft to deliver much less noise and environmental impact has developed significantly and yet the real benefits of these technologies are being held back by an inefficient, and ageing infrastructure.

Try to Imagine what our roads would be like today if we had the traffic levels we have now but the road network that we had in the 1960s. Cars are different now than they were in the 1960s – they are much more efficient and environmentally friendly – and they use a modern road network of multi-lane motorways and trunk roads.

This short film explains in more detail what airspace modernisation might look like and a detailed explanation can be found in this paper.

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