LAMP Phase 1a airspace change now live

The first phase of the London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP) went live on 4 February 2016, following approval by the CAA in November 2015. The changes pave the way for wider modernisation of airspace to deliver more efficient flights, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions, and reducing noise, keeping aircraft higher for longer and minimising areas regularly overflown.

The changes pave the way for wider modernisation of airspace to deliver more efficient flights, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions, and reducing noise, keeping aircraft higher for longer and minimising areas regularly overflown.
We would like to thank those customers who have been involved in developing the new procedures.

As with any airspace change, careful deployment has been required. During and immediately following the transition it was necessary to restrict capacity through particular areas of airspace to support controllers and flight crews whilst the new airspace and procedures bedded in. These restrictions have now been relaxed and we thank customers for their understanding throughout the transition period.

The changes include:

  • A Point Merge arrival system for London City Airport. This is over the sea and has replaced conventional routes 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 enable aircraft to climb to higher altitudes more quickly
  • Daytime traffic departing Stansted that previously headed towards the south now moves onto the existing eastbound routes allowing aircraft to climb higher more quickly

High level changes, at 7,000ft and above, have also been implemented along the south coast affecting Bournemouth, Southampton and TAG Farnborough airports. This means fewer flights over land.

The 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 the Government’s growth forecasts of 40% by 2030.

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