If someone, usually an airport or air traffic control provider (the 'change sponsor'), wants to
request a permanent change to UK airspace design, they must submit an
airspace change proposal to the CAA. Any such proposal will go through our
airspace change process, which requires a series of stages to be
completed before it is submitted to us for a decision. Our airspace change process guidance document (CAP 725)
explains the process.
We published an information pack in October 2016 to provide greater clarity for interested parties
on certain elements of the current airspace change process.
To initiate the airspace change process, the sponsor of the proposal must
complete and submit DAP 1916: Intended Change to Notified Airspace Arrangements to the CAA.
We are introducing
a new airspace change process. On 31 March we published for consultation draft revised guidance
material on the new process, which will replace CAP 725. View our consultationand responses we received. The consultation is now closed. The consultation documentation comprised the draft guidance document itself, a draft environmental technical annex to the guidance, a separate document about a new category of airspace change (known as 'Tier 2') which the Government is proposing to introduce, and a pdf version of the consultation document and questions. We are now considering the responses and plan to publish the revised guidance document in the autumn, subject to the Government having announced the outcome of its own policy consultation (see below).
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Information below for older information about why we decided to change the
Between February and May 2017 the Government consulted on proposals about the policy and criteria against
which we assess airspace change proposals. The consultation has now closed.
The development of more
complex airspace change proposals can last for several years, so there will be
some which are in progress when we introduce the new process. More information
about arrangements for transitioning to the new process is available.
Airspace and changes to airspace design
Infographic on how airspace works and who is involved
The legislative framework for airspace change
Commons Transport Select Committee Airspace management and modernisation inquiry
CAP 1356 - an independent study commissioned from management and technology consultants Helios (November 2015)
CAP 1389 - our consultation about how we proposed to change the process, based on Helios recommendations (March 2016)
CAP 1465 - our consultation response document setting out what we decided in the light of responses (October 2016)
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