'Throughout Europe there is a move to simplify and harmonise the way airspace and air traffic control is used through the Single European Sky project. In the UK and Ireland, this is being met through the UK's Future Airspace Strategy which sets out a plan to modernise airspace by 2030.

'Making the UK's airspace more efficient will decrease journey times for passengers and bring environmental benefits such as reducing the amount of fuel aircraft use and carbon emissions. It's essential that the interests of all stakeholders are properly considered.

'The government has said it expects to consult on national airspace policy in the New Year. For its part, the CAA has already consulted on reforming how it makes decisions about the design of UK airspace. Improvements to evidence and transparency will help us reach decisions that balance the interests of all stakeholders, including communities around airports, consumers and others who use UK airspace.'