The Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) will mean the introduction of new technology on the ground and in the air. This, in turn, will mean better flight planning and information sharing between airports, airlines and air traffic control. Here’s the benefits this will bring airports:


More accurate flight planning

As aircraft approach to land they will use satellite guidance, known as Performance Based Navigation (PBN), instead of ground based radio navigation aids. This means aircraft will fly a much more accurate path following the implementation of the new UK airspace strategy.

Throughout the journey air traffic controllers will be able advise airlines on the latest situation on the ground so they can adjust their flight time and remove extensive holding and delay at the end of the journey. As well as benefiting those on board, this will also reduce the noise and CO2 impact for everyone else.

Better use of airport resources

Accurate information about when aircraft are departing and landing will mean airports can get the maximum use of scarce runway capacity. Airport teams will use this information to manage their workload and better manage passengers on the ground.

Fewer flight delays

Direct routing and more accurate planning throughout the Functional Airspace Block will mean that air traffic control are able to manage their workload more effectively. This will mean more flights are on time and, generally, arrival times will be more predictable as they are able to remove extensive holding at the end of a journey.

These time accuracies will benefit passengers by reducing the likelihood of delays and provide financial benefits to operators.

Greater airport resilience

Increasing the flow of shared information across airports and other UK airspace stakeholders will strengthen resilience to any potential unexpected events and poor weather.

Find out about the benefits to airlines.