I think concentrating traffic is wrong – why don’t you spread it around?

A system designed around performance based navigation (PBN) will tend to concentrate traffic along certain routes.  This is in line with government guidance issued by the Department for Transport.
PBN is the cornerstone of the CAA’s Future Airspace Strategy and will improve both operational and environmental efficiency of the airspace as a whole.

NATS and Gatwick Airport are designing airspace in line with this strategy, which means that air traffic will become more concentrated.

However, PBN provides the opportunity to design routes better to avoid population centres and/or environmentally sensitive areas and also provides the opportunity to consider the introduction of respite routes to provide predictable periods where traffic will not be concentrated overhead.  Overall PBN offers improved environmental performance, hence the introduction of PBN is a key objective of the Future Airspace Strategy.

This consultation is your opportunity to feed-back your views on our objectives, and on local details that we should take into account in the ongoing design process.

If you wish to discuss the Future Airspace Strategy or the objective of concentrating air traffic please contact the CAA or the Department for Transport.

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