Improving conditional route usage
NATS is working with the military, airlines, flight planning service providers, and other air navigation service providers to increase the number of flights making use of Conditional Routes, known as CDRs.
Currently some 75% of flights that use CDRs actually plan to do so, as they provide more direct routes which reduce track miles and flying time, saving fuel and money. However, there is still potential to increase the use of them further, by speeding the flow of information to airline operators so that they can make the most of available opportunities.
The infographic below shows how the availability of military airspace and CDRs are considered at all stages throughout the flight planning process and during flight itself. NATS is also developing post flight analysis to help airlines determine where there may be opportunities to benefit from using these routes.