• The government’s most recent Air Navigation Directions (October 2017) require us to “prepare and maintain a co-ordinated strategy and plan for the use of UK airspace for air navigation up to 2040, including for the modernisation of the use of such airspace.” We are also required to provide an annual delivery report to the Secretary of State.

    We believe the requirements of this strategy and plan cannot be fully met by the current Future Airspace Strategy (FAS). Therefore, we have published a draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy in order to take the needs and views of affected parties into account. 

    Much of the UK and European law that underpins the strategy remains the same, so many of the technical aspects of FAS will be incorporated into the new strategy.  But while parts of FAS remain relevant, the strategy needs to be rearticulated in the context of potential government policy changes (e.g. Airports National Policy Statement) and technological developments (e.g. drones, commercial spaceflight) 

    We will publish the final Airspace Modernisation Strategy at the end of the year alongside the annual delivery report for the Secretary of State.