The Covid-19 pandemic will present the toughest challenge for the aviation industry in its history. From airlines and airports to the millions of people the industry employs, it will define aviation for years to come.

As a result of the crisis, much of the work that UK airports are undertaking on their airspace change programme has paused while they focus on more immediate operational priorities.

Once the Covid-19 crisis has passed, a clear plan will need to be put in place to help the industry get back on its feet. In time, flying will resume, airports will be bustling and people will be travelling to far-flung destinations again. And once again our airspace – our national infrastructure in the sky - that we have relied on for so long will be full.

For the aviation industry and its recovery, airspace modernisation is an important piece of the jigsaw. It will future-proof the industry by creating a simpler, more efficient airspace, while assisting the UK to meet its climate change targets. A strong aviation sector will be crucial to maintain the UK’s reputation as a global trading power and boost UK businesses and jobs.

In the meantime, the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) will continue to work in the background with key stakeholders including airspace sponsors, the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the we are all ready and in a good place to pick up the national programme of upgrading airspace as the industry emerges from the crisis.

You can read more about the airspace change programme here.