We know the way the current UK airspace operates is not as environmentally friendly as it could be. It is in everyone’s best interests if this is improved. Here are the ways the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) will help to improve the aviation industry’s impact on the environment:


Aircraft will burn less fuel

The current UK airspace system uses an outdated set of routes based on old navigation technology. This means many aircraft fly additional and unnecessary miles. New technology can help us make flight routes more direct, resulting in aircraft using less fuel and emitting less CO2 and other pollutants.

Without deploying the new UK airspace strategy emissions from aviation would account for five percent of the global warming effect in 2050.

Aircraft will create less noise

Better navigation technology at airports will allow aircraft to take off and make maximum use of their climb performance, reaching efficient high cruise altitudes more quickly. There would also be fewer aircraft holding at low levels. This will reduce the noise experienced by people living on flight routes and in particular to those living close to airports.

Aircraft routes will change

The new UK airspace strategy will create departure routes based on more accurate navigation using GPS instead of ground based beacons. Airports already using this system have reduced the number of people overflown by as much as 79 per cent.

Find out about the benefits to airports.