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Niamh Viana, EasyJet Pilot: “Our airspace, when it was originally designed back in the 1950s, it was never envisioned that so many passengers would be using our skies as they are now.
Mark Swan, Head of Airspace Change Organising Group: “We need a resilient, modern airspace structure that is fit for purpose for the United Kingdom and builds back better.”
Supporting Britain’s airborne economy
Mark Swan: “In the year before the pandemic, the United Kingdom imports and exports amounted to around about £850 billion worth of contribution to the economy.”
Muniya Barua, Managing Director of Policy and Strategy, London First: “The aviation sector every year generates £22 billion for the UK economy, and of course, it supports a swathe of other sectors from hospitality, retail and leisure.
Mark Swan: “And we look forward with our airspace modernisation to help that grow and prosper in the years to come.”
More efficient and cleaner routes for airport communities
Mark Swan: “We have the ability to reduce carbon emissions by possibly 20% to help contribute towards the 2050 net zero target.”
John Stewart, Former Chair of Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise: “The benefits potentially include planned breaks from the noise, respite, quicker climbs and later descents.”
All of these things, will reduce our time in the air, reducing our fuel consumption, which ultimately would reduce our carbon footprint.
Steve Noujaim, General Aviation Pilot – 45 years of experience: “We have the opportunity to future proof our airspace.
John Stewart: “The UK can become a world leader in airspace modernisation, if done well, if it leads to benefits for both the aviation industry, the climate and local communities.”
Improving Britain’s global connectivity
Niamh Viana: “I think the most exciting thing about modernising our airspace is the potential to utilise new navigational technologies, such as performance-based navigation, which will mean more direct routings.”
Steve Noujaim: “I believe that we have the opportunity to change the present system, which is full of outdated solutions. You can have an airspace structure that includes all forms of traffic. Then we’re going to have a lot more people visiting here, we’ll have more general aviation taking place.”
Niamh Viana: “We’ll face less congestion, and travel will be a lot easier.”
Steve Noujaim: “It applies to all aircraft and indeed vehicles. If you want to go straight from A to B, it’s far better than going via X, Y and Z.”
Muniya Barua: “Modernising airspace is critical for meeting the government’s global Britain ambitions and connecting businesses with the rest of the globe.”
Mark Swan: “Under this plan, we will provide an airspace fit for the 21st century that will result in quicker, cleaner and quieter journeys for all.”
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