• Return to proposals being developed under the new process

    ACP reference: ACP-2017-43

    Sponsor: Heathrow Airport Limited

    Proposal name: London Heathrow - Airspace (controlled), Departure and Arrival Procedures

    Proposal description: This proposal concerns the development of controlled airspace, departure and arrival procedures related to the introduction of a third runway at London Heathrow Airport.

    Geographic area: South-East

    Level: 1

    Stage 1: DEFINE

    At stage 1, the change sponsor meets with the CAA to discuss objectives and engages with those potentially affected about the underlying design principles. A timeline is agreed.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 1a:

    Assess Requirement

    The Assessment Meeting was held on 11 January 2018.  The CAA has determined that the proposal is in scope of the airspace change process.  The CAA has provisionally determined that this airspace change proposal will be a Level 1.  The Assessment Meeting Minutes will be uploaded as soon as the minutes have been completed and in any event within 2 weeks of the Assessment meeting.

    Step 1b:

    Design Principles

    Define Gateway (Expected) 28 September 2018    


    At stage 2, the change sponsor continues to liaise with stakeholders, develops options and carries out initial impact appraisals.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 2a:

    Develop & Assess

    Not started      

    Step 2b:

    Options Appraisal

    Not started      
    Develop & Assess Gateway (Expected) Q4 2019    

    Stage 3: CONSULT

    At stage 3, the change sponsor prepares a consultation, assesses who should be consulted and undertakes the consultation.

    Step Current Status Documents
    Step 3a: Consultation Preparation Not Started  
    Step 3b: Consultation Validation Not started  

    Consult Gateway (Expected) Q4 2020    

    Step 3c:

    Commence Consultation

    Not started  

    Step 3d:

    Collate & Review Responses

    Not started      

    Stage 4: UPDATE & SUBMIT

    At stage 4, the change sponsor may modify their proposals to reflect consultation responses, and will then make a formal submission of the proposal to the CAA.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 4a:

    Update Design

    Not started  


    Step 4b:

    Submit Proposal to CAA

    Not started    

    Stage 5: DECIDE

    At stage 5, the CAA assesses the proposal.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 5a:

    CAA Assessment

    Not started    



    Step 5b:

    CAA Decision

    Not started    




    Decide Gateway (Expected) Date yet to be agreed  

    Stage 6: IMPLEMENT

    At stage 6, if approved, the change is implemented.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 6:


    Not started    


    At stage 7, the CAA carries out a review of the change, usually after 12 months of operation.

    Step Current Status Documents

    Step 7:

    Post-Implementation Review

    Not started