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.