UK airspace policy

The government’s policy on managing UK airspace.

The aviation industry is a major contributor to the UK economy. It supports thousands of jobs and delivers billions of pounds in economic and social benefits. Aviation can, however, also have negative impacts on communities surrounding airports, in particular noise.

Managing air traffic and the way it moves around the airspace can:

  • ensure sustainable growth in aviation
  • minimise negative impacts of aviation

Reforming UK airspace policy

We are reforming UK airspace policy to update the way UK airspace is managed. This will enable us to make the most of advances in technology which will help manage negative impacts such as noise.

We have also formed the Airspace and Noise Engagement Group (ANEG). The ANEG acts as a formal channel of communication between the department and local authorities, airports, airlines, air navigation service providers, environment and community groups and sectoral bodies.

Background to reforming UK airspace policy

  1. UK air navigation guidance 2017

    • Guidance
  2. Using WebTAG to assess noise impacts

    • Guidance
  3. Upgrading UK airspace: strategic rationale

    • Independent report
  4. Survey of attitudes to aviation noise

    • Independent report


  1. Government outlines next steps for delivering airport expansion

    • News story
  2. Aviation update 24 October 2017

    • Written statement to Parliament
  3. Additional airport capacity and airspace policy reform

    • Oral statement to Parliament
  4. Major step forward in building a global Britain as public has its say on airport expansion

    • News story
  5. Airport capacity and airspace policy

    • Written statement to Parliament
  6. Modernising the UK’s airspace

    • Speech
Published 2 February 2017
Last updated 24 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Outcomes of the consultation on UK airspace policy reform.
  2. Information boards from the consultation information events.
  3. First published.