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Future Airspace

Find out how London Stansted Airport is modernising airspace.

In 2017, the Government set out its policy on the future of UK airspace which made it clear that airspace modernisation is essential. UK airspace has undergone very little change since it was first mapped out in the 1950s, and with the increasing demand for flying, a lot of the way our skies are managed is outdated.

Therefore, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launched their Airspace Modernisation Strategy in 2018 with the objective of delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. 

London Stansted Airport fully supports airspace modernisation and the wide range of benefits that it can offer, notably helping to reduce carbon emissions, enabling us to better manage how noise impacts our local communities, reducing the need for aircraft stacking on arrival and reducing delays for passengers.

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We are currently at Stage 1 of our future airspace programme.  We have completed Step 1A, by submitting our Statement of Need to the CAA.  We are now at Step 1B, design principles.

Step 1B, requires us to define the high-level considerations that will inform our eventual airspace change proposals.  CAP1616 expects us to draw up our design principles through engagement with our stakeholders.

We have produced an information document, which is also available in black and white format.  This pack outlines the need for Airspace Modernisation and how London Stansted Airport will engage during this stage. It also includes a number of questions which we will ask our identified stakeholders at focus group events.  In addition to this, members of the public have the opportunity to complete these questions via our online feedback portal, which can be found here. 

In light of current events we have extended the deadline for feedback.  The portal will now close at 17:00hrs on 20th April 2020.

These responses will help us to understand what factors are most important to our stakeholders, which in turn will help decide our design principles.

It is important to note that full public consultation is not required at this stage. The wider public will have the opportunity to contribute their views at events during Stage 3 (currently expected to take place in 2021/2022) when we will formally consult on the airspace change proposals that we have developed.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of London Stansted Airport and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. 

Future Airspace