Modernising our airspace infrastructure is also part of the plan to reduce the environmental impact of UK flights.

Upgrading airspace is projected to help the government meet its 50% reduction in net emissions target while accommodating a doubling of passenger numbers by 2050.

Alongside industry efforts to develop more fuel-efficient engines, cleaner synthetic fuels and with strides being made to electrify aircraft, modernising our skies could also mean reduced holding and fewer miles flown per aircraft. This results in less fuel being burnt and carbon emitted – helping the aviation sector to meet its strict climate targets.

Current forecasts show that modernising airspace in the UK offers the potential to reduce future CO2 emissions by up to 20% by 2050

New technology is an opportunity to find better ways to absorb delays during an aircraft’s journey, reducing the need for aircraft to circle in stacks while waiting to land and achieving more predictable slots. This would mean using less fuel, creating less noise for some communities on the ground and reducing delays for passengers in holding patterns.