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.

  1. Airspace modernisation
  2. UK airspace policy: a framework for the design and use of airspace
  3. UK airspace policy reform impact assessments
  4. Reforming policy on the design and use of UK airspace

Background to reforming UK airspace policy

  1. UK air navigation guidance 2017
  2. Using WebTAG to assess noise impacts
  3. Upgrading UK airspace: strategic rationale
  4. Survey of attitudes to aviation noise


  1. Government outlines next steps for delivering airport expansion
  2. Aviation update 24 October 2017
  3. Additional airport capacity and airspace policy reform
  4. Major step forward in building a global Britain as public has its say on airport expansion
  5. Airport capacity and airspace policy
  6. Modernising the UK’s airspace
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.