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Airspace overview

Glasgow Airspace consultation has now closed.

Our consultation has now closed. The feedback we have received from local communities and aviation stakeholders over the past 13 weeks has proved extremely valuable and will play a vital role in informing the next stage of our proposals. The feedback will be shared with our regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), who we will be liaising with to discuss the next steps in the process. We will provide an update on our website as soon as those steps have been clarified. In the meantime, we would like to thank all those who took the time to share their views.

Glasgow Airport Airspace Change Update - 4th April

On 15 January 2018, we launched our Airspace Change Consultation which set out in detail our proposals for modernising the departure flight paths currently used by aircraft from Glasgow Airport.

In launching our airspace consultation, which aligns with a UK-wide initiative driven by our regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) known as the Future Airspace Strategy, we were following an endorsed and agreed airspace change process. This was explained in detail in our consultation document. The launch followed two years of planning and had received the necessary authorisation from the CAA under the airspace change process (CAP725).

We have been informed by the CAA that it has received clarification from the Department for Transport (DfT) on the transitional arrangements relating to the new airspace change process (CAP1616). The result is a decision to assess our proposals against the criteria of the new airspace change process.

In preparing for our consultation we went above and beyond the requirements of the previous guidelines in order to align ourselves, as closely as possible, with the new criteria which had yet to be finalised at that time. This included commissioning additional environmental assessments to address issues such as the impacts of aviation noise. In light of this, the CAA expects aspects of the work we have completed to date to meet some of the requirements of the new process.

The feedback we have received from local communities and aviation stakeholders over the past 12 weeks has proved extremely valuable and will play a vital role in informing the next stage of our proposals. We would like to thank all those who have participated in the consultation and would encourage those who have not already done so, to share their views before the consultation closes on Friday 13 April 2018. 

In the meantime, we will continue our work with the CAA to ascertain what is required in order to satisfy the requirements of the new process.


About the consultation

Glasgow Airport is proud to be an integral part of the communities we serve.  As a key city, regional and national asset we recognise that we must continue to invest, modernise and grow responsibly.

An industry-wide drive to create airspace infrastructure fit for the 21st Century is now underway.  A key element of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Future Airspace Strategy involves the removal of ground-based navigation aids across the UK and using state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems. The ground navigation aid which Glasgow Airport has been using to guide aircraft to and from the airfield since the 1980s will be decommissioned by our air traffic control provider, NATS, in 2019. 

As a result, we need to modernise our current approach and departure procedures. This will enable us to better manage the airspace around the airport without compromising the safety of aircraft which will be able to operate smoother and more efficient approach and departure routes.



Following a full and open consultation, it is our intention to request permission from the CAA to implement these new procedures which will minimise the amount of time aircraft queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce overall CO2 and fuel emissions by 21%. 

Our consultation document is available to download below. It sets out in detail what we are proposing to do and how you can take part in the consultation which will close for submissions on Friday 13 April 2018. 

We will only make changes to our flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond. These views will then be presented to our regulator, the CAA, before the necessary approval can be granted. 

We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. 

It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would be very grateful if you could take the time to respond to this consultation.

We are also required to publish an updated Noise Action Plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The Noise Action Plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

Find out more about the Noise consultation


Consultation drop-in sessions


Locations and directions

We have arranged a series of drop-in sessions which will provide an opportunity to learn more, discuss and seek clarification on our proposals. The details of the sessions are noted below:

Holiday Inn, Glasgow Airport
Tuesday 20 February, 
10 am – 7 pm 
Free parking: Please park in Car Park 2, retain your ticket and it will be validated for free after attending the consultation. 

Johnstone Town Hall
25 Church St, Johnstone PA5 8EG
Tuesday 27 February
10 am – 7 pm 

Clydebank Town Hall
5 Hall St, Clydebank, G81 1UB
Tuesday 13 March 
10 am - 7 pm

Rutherglen Town Hall
139 Main St, Rutherglen, Glasgow G73 2JJ
Wednesday 14 March
10 am – 7 pm 

Bearsden Community Hub
69 Drymen Rd, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 3QT
Friday 16 March
10 am – 7 pm

Bishopbriggs - Woodhill Evangelical Church
Wester Cleddens Road
Bishopbriggs, G64 2NH
Thursday 29 March
10am – 6pm

Whitehill Secondary
280 Onslow Drive
G31 2QF
Wednesday 28 March
5pm – 8pm


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