NATS, the UK air traffic control company, has plans for important airspace changes to update a system originally designed 50 years ago. But it needs a government policy framework to provide the necessary political support for change.
Estimates produced by SEO Economics for IATA suggest that the UK could gain £29 billion and 116,000 jobs annually from fully-optimized airspace by 2035. Moreover, every passenger will benefit from shorter travel times and more connections.
“The benefits that the Sky’s the Limit campaign envisages for the UK can be replicated across Europe, but modernized European airspace can only be achieved if airlines, ANSPs and governments work together,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s European Regional Vice President.
“If the UK get its approach right, it will be a leading example for other European states to follow. We need each country to develop a National Airspace Strategy, in full consultation with airlines, to maximize the potential of our airspace system. There should be no limits to creating the high-quality airspace network passengers deserve.”