The Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) will mean significant cost and capacity benefits for airlines. New technology in the air and on the ground, as well as better information sharing between air traffic control, aircraft and airports, will make this possible. Here’s the specific benefits that airlines can expect from the FAS:


New and improved routes

Current flight routes are out of date. Re-designing the route network through the new UK airspace strategy will allow airlines to maximise capacity and make the most of their aircrafts’ capabilities.

Journeys will be able to follow more continuous climbs and descents in and out of airports, and allow more direct routes from departure to destination.

Fuel efficiencies

Aircraft currently have to fly extra miles to connect with traditional flight corridors. More direct routes will mean fuel savings and greater flight efficiency.

Better aircraft handling from the ground

Better liaison throughout the UK/Ireland Functional Airspace Block and the introduction of the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) satellite guidance system will mean air traffic control and airports will have more information about flight times and can plan better for their arrival.Throughout the journey air traffic controllers will manage the progress of flights to be able to remove extensive holding and delay at the end of the journey. As well as benefiting passengers through minimising delays and a more seamless transition through arrivals, this also reduces the noise and CO2 impact for everyone else.

More efficient take off and ascent

By modernising the airspace systems through FAS, once the aircraft has taken off it will make maximum use of its climb performance, getting higher quicker. This reduces the noise footprint to those near the airport and means the aircraft reaches its efficient high cruise altitude much more quickly.

Find out about the benefits to other airspace users.