In the initial consultation we showed the design envelopes (areas within which each flight path could be positioned). Using the feedback from the initial consultation, route design options were formulated. This second consultation presents the results of this design process, our preferred options and why these were selected. It also details reasons why other flight path options were considered but not preferred.
What are you doing?
We are going through an Airspace Change Programme in order to make proposed changes to the arrival and departure routes from Edinburgh Airport.
Why are you doing an Airspace Change Programme?
We believe that airspace modernisation is the best way to achieve the increased capacity that the airport needs. It will allow us to grow in the future, it will modernise our flight paths and we think it will benefit the country. Changes to legislation also mean that we need to upgrade to newer technology which allows aircraft to follow more accurate flight paths, you can read more about RNAV technology further down this page.
How will the Airspace Change Programme affect me?
At this initial stage in the consultation we do not know where the new routes will be located. We are looking to gather as much local information as possible to help guide the decision making process.
Why don't you just keep routes the same?
Edinburgh Airport is not alone in moving to use RNAV routes, the change is being made in accordance with national and international initiatives to improve navigational performance. The UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) is an aviation industry and governmental initiative to improve the efficiency of airspace and ensure that all parties are prepared for the legislative requirements to modernise. The FAS supports the introduction of RNAV routes as an enabler to the achievement of future benefits. The FAS strategic vision for 2030 is to establish:
"Safe, efficient airspace, that has the capacity to meet reasonable demand, balances the needs of all users and mitigates the impact of aviation on the environment."
To this end, the three FAS drivers of continuous improvement in Safety, Capacity and the Environment are aligned with Edinburgh Airport’s own vision for the future, in which the introduction of new technology, including RNAV routes, is a part.
Similarly the Single European Skies ATM Research (SESAR) project, a multi-billion pound, pan-European collaborative effort, is developing many Performance Based Navigation (PBN) threads (of which RNAV is a part) with a view to ensuring that many of these are available for use, across Europe within the 2020 time-frame.
The aim of our proposal is to build upon these UK and international initiatives, and to make Edinburgh Airport's routes compatible with the latest navigation technology available. Many other UK airports are introducing RNAV routes.
We have considered all of the information available including feedback from the initial consultation process when designing our flight path options. Our second consultation is asking communities, organisations and elected officials if they agree with our preferred flight path options. If these changes might affect you, we would like to hear your views. The principal question we’re asking is
"Do you agree with our preferred flight path option and why? If you disagree please let us know which other viable option you would prefer and why?" We are asking this question for each of the proposed flight paths.Submit your response