NATS welcomes CAA’s approval of Airspace Change Proposal

26 November 2015

NATS welcomes the CAA’s approval, published today, of our Airspace Change Proposal for the first phase of the London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP). This paves the way for the modernisation of airspace over south east England.

The approved changes support the delivery of the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) and ensure that this critical but invisible infrastructure, on which an industry that contributes nearly £50bn to the GDP and employs almost one million people relies, is able to keep pace with forecast growth of 40% by 2030.

Following this approval, changes will be implemented in February 2016 and include:

  • A Point Merge arrival system for London City Airport. This is over the sea and will  replace conventional holds which are over land
  • New alignments for London City departure routes that pass over Essex and Kent. Other existing routes at the airport are being replicated to RNAV standard, which will enable aircraft to climb to higher altitudes more quickly
  • Daytime traffic departing Stansted that today heads towards the south will move onto the existing eastbound routes to allow aircraft to climb higher more quickly

High level changes, at 7,000ft and above, will also be implemented along the South coast affecting Bournemouth, Southampton and TAG Farnborough airports.  This will also mean fewer flights over land.

These changes will allow aircraft to fly more efficiently, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions. They will also reduce the areas regularly overflown, and reduce the impact on those who are overflown by keeping aircraft higher for longer.

Please click here to see the CAA announcement.

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