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Airspace overview


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

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