Airspace and noise consultation

The government has published today separate proposals to modernise the way UK airspace is managed.

This consultation; UK airspace policy: a framework for balanced decisions on the design and use of airspace is seeking views on how aircraft noise is managed effectively while updating airspace policies.

Proposals will look at how the number of aircraft entering and leaving UK airspace can be managed effectively – using the latest technology to make airspace more efficient, reducing the need for stacking and making journeys faster and more environmentally friendly.

They will also include draft guidance on how noise impacts should be assessed and used to inform decisions on airspace.

The consultation also includes proposals on the role of an Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise. The commission would build relationships between industry and communities and ensure an even fairer process for making changes to the use of airspace and flight paths.

These proposals will influence decisions taken later in the planning process for a north-west runway at Heathrow, including how local communities can have their say on airspace matters and how impacts on them are taken into account.

This consultation starts from today and last for 16 weeks, closing on 25 May 2017.

Public consultation events are taking place across the country.