Airspace Modernisation Strategy - Progress Report 2020

Update 30 Dec 2020

In December 2018 the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) launched the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. The CAA must report to the Secretary of State annually on the delivery of the airspace modernisation strategy. We have today published this report, which can be found at .

Information sent from Manchester Airport, after the Councillor meeting, March 2020

Update 11 May 2020

The links below are have been compiled by Manchester Airport to enable member of the public to read about the Airspace Change Process that is currently in progress. The most informative link is, Step 1B Design Principles report to the CAA. - Download the report HERE
Residents can also apply, to the airport, to be kept informed of the progress of the proposal. - Click HERE for further info.
A very useful link is the car parking options, including the free drop-off procedure. - Click HERE for further info.



Prestbury Parish Council's Submission to the Consultation for the Civil Aviation Authority's PPR Proposals

During a review of its policy on airspace and noise the Government recognised that while changes to airspace design are subject to the airspace change process and are consulted on with relevant stakeholders, changes to air traffic control operational procedures could be implemented without consultation. Even if noise impacts were similar to those of a change in airspace design.

The Government has since given the Civil Aviation Authority, as airspace regulator, a decision-making role for a wholly new category of airspace change. This category is known as a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic through changes in air traffic control operational procedure. Referred to as PPR for short.

Essentially a PPR concerns changes in the way existing airspace is used, rather than changes in the airspace design itself. Air traffic controllers are continuously making decisions as to how to control individual aircraft. The air traffic control operational procedures form a framework within which each air traffic controller makes those individual aircraft-by-aircraft decisions. Consequently the track over the ground taken by a given aircraft is a combined result of the airspace design, the air traffic control operational procedures and the individual expert decision of the air traffic controller on the day.

A consultation has taken place regarding the above. To view Prestbury Parish Council's response, please click here.

Help us identify volumes of controlled airspace in which the classification could be reviewed

Deadline 3rd March 2020

Give us your views

On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give us a new role regarding the way in which airspace is classified. This now means that we must:

  • Regularly consider whether to review the classification of airspace;

  • consult airspace users as part of that review;

  • where we consider a change to classification might be made, amend it ourselves in accordance with a new procedure that we must develop and publish;

  • in developing that procedure and our policy describing airspace classifications, seek to ensure that the amount of controlled airspace is the minimum required to maintain a high standard of air safety and, subject to overriding national security or defence requirements, that the needs of all airspace users are reflected on an equitable basis.

We are now beginning the first airspace classification review and we would like your help. We have published online a consultation inviting respondents to identify volumes of controlled airspace in which the classification could be amended to better reflect the needs of all airspace users on an equitable basis.

This consultation exercise forms the start of the first review, and once it closes, there will be three more stages to complete the work:

  • Shortlisting volumes of airspace for potential amendment, using analysis of evidence about airspace use and consultation responses

  • Preparing and consulting on guidance for a new regulatory process to reclassify volumes of airspace identified through the review exercise

  • Developing solutions to enable airspace reclassification

More information about the review process, together with a series of visualisations that show how controlled airspace is being used at set times during the week over different flight levels can be found on our consultation website.


How to respond to this engagement exercise

Please visit the dedicated consultation website to view the visualisations on the use of controlled airspace, and then identify which volumes could be reviewed. We are asking for comments before 3rd March 2020. We cannot commit to taking into account comments received after this date.


Please note that we (In Prestbury) are in the "Central" area.

For more information please contact