Glasgow Airport seeks public opinion to modernise airspace

16 January 2018 (Last Updated January 16th, 2018 12:55)

Glasgow Airport in the UK is seeking feedback on proposals to modernise its airspace currently used by aircraft.

Glasgow Airport in the UK is seeking feedback on proposals to modernise its airspace currently used by aircraft.

Launching a 13-week public consultation, the airport has urged the general public to share their feedback on the potential changes.

The proposals form part of the UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) industry-wide initiative driven by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The plans include replacing ground-based navigation aids across the UK with satellite navigation systems. The navigation aid currently used by the airport will be decommissioned in 2019.

Glasgow Airport believes that installation of satellite-based systems will cut the wait time for planes in the air, as well as on the ground. The upgrade will also help to reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions.

“Not only will we be able to improve the punctuality of flights, we will be able to reduce the amount of fuel burn by over 4,000t.”

Glasgow Airport operations director Mark Johnston said: “The flight paths used at Glasgow Airport have not changed in over 50 years and, as is the case with the wider UK airspace infrastructure, they are simply no longer fit for purpose. We now need to ensure the way we manage our airspace matches the advancements that have been made in aircraft technology.

“Modern aircraft are now equipped to use satellite navigation meaning they can fly more efficient, reliable and direct routes. In moving to this new system, not only will we be able to improve the punctuality of flights, we will be able to reduce the amount of fuel burn from aircraft at Glasgow by over 4,000t.”

Additionally, the airport is required to issue an updated noise action plan once every five years. The plan aims to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

A 13-week consultation on a draft plan will also be issued.

The deadline for submissions for both consultations is 13 April 2018.