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Changes to our skies will benefit both businesses and consumers. Here you will find some of the latest news and updates from the Our Future Skies campaign.





The hidden detail about travel insurance you never knew – it could save your holiday

By Beth Allcock, The Daily Express, Sunday 28 April 2019

Holiday fever can leave many travellers so preoccupied with packing, they may forget to plan for other essential items. One particular thing considered a must have by many is travel insurance – yet a huge fact about the protection has been revealed.

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Flights: One in three UK planes will be DELAYED by 2030 for one important reason

By Beth Allcock, The Daily Express, Wednesday 17 April 2019

Flight passengers might think they’ve got it bad if they suffer a delay, yet experts warn this will rocket to one in three routes being late in the near future. They claim all airplane routes will be affected if change is not made to accommodate an increase in passenger numbers. But just what needs to be done?

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Dublin is Birmingham’s top pick for an Easter trip

Midlands in Business, Wednesday 17 April 2019

Data from Our Future Skies, reveals Dublin is the most popular destination for those travelling from Birmingham airport this Easter, with more than 11,500 passengers looking to fly there over the coming Bank Holiday weekend. Amsterdam is the second most popular destination, followed by Dubai.

You can read more here.



  • What is airspace modernisation?

Just like our roads and railways, we need our airspace, our infrastructure in the sky, to keep people moving as efficiently as possible.  Our airspace was designed in the 1950s for aircraft which were much less capable than today’s. Today, the UK’s airspace handles around 2.5 million flights a year, carrying over 285 million passengers. Government forecasts tell us that by 2030 there will be 355 million passengers on 3.25 million flights. To manage this increase in flights, we need to modernise our skies. If we don’t, the delays faced by passengers are likely to soar – with one in three flights delayed by half an hour or more by 2030.  


New technology, such as satellite-based navigation, allows us to modernise our future skies and will deliver more capacity and keep the UK moving by reducing delays. It’s a huge opportunity to provide a better service for passengers, to potentially reduce noise for thousands and save carbon emissions. It also means that airlines will have greater freedom to take routes that will save time and fuel, and that air travel could become more affordable, more sustainable and even safer than it is today.


  • Why is it necessary?

The Department for Transport published its UK Airspace Policy in 2017, setting out why we need to modernise our skies and is consulting on this process now. Secretary of State Chris Grayling told the industry that there is a now a “pressing need” to modernise UK airspace.

If the UK is able to make these changes by 2025, it will bring us in line with global airspace changes, mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a part of the United Nations. The UK aviation sector’s regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), requires all UK airports to consult with their local communities about their proposed changes.

  • What’s going to change?

Airspace modernisation will make journeys quicker, quieter and cleaner. New technology will help deliver more capacity and keep the UK moving by reducing delays; a redesigned route network will optimise aircraft performance.

Modernising our skies will increase the resilience of UK flights. This means we can be more confident that travelling by plane, whether to go on holiday or business, will not be affected by costly delays.


  • How do we know the new technology is safe?

It is already being used across the world. It is proven to be even safer than the technology used today, so flying will continue to be one of the safest forms of travel.   


  • How can I find out if I am under a flight path that may change?

Your local airport will need to consult you about any changes that may happen as a result of the modernisation of our airspace. Local consultations will be advertised, and airports will hold regular community meetings during the consultation process. You may receive a leaflet through your door, hear about it on your local radio station or read about it in your local newspaper.


The airspace change process, designed by the Civil Aviation Authority, is detailed in the Civil Aviation Authority’s CAP 1616 Airspace Design document.