Swedish air navigation service provider LFV tasked with lower airspace design

Swedish air navigation service provider LFV has been commissioned by the government to propose how the airspace below 2900 meters should be designed to create better conditions for more environmentally friendly flights to Swedish airports.

The assignment designates LFV as the public authority that will propose how a lower airspace could be designed. “LFV plans to develop modern and climate-smart conditions for everyone using Swedish airspace. The work will take place in close dialogue and collaboration with relevant stakeholders,” says Ann Persson Grivas, Director General of LFV.

In May 2019, LFV presented the results of a government assignment that included an in-depth study of the design of Swedish airspace. The study resulted in, among other things, a proposal for an airspace strategy that can serve as a basis for the task of carrying out supervision of the airspace. The strategy pointed out, among other things, the need for supervision of the lower airspace to ensure that aircraft can fly to national airports with controlled airspace in an environmentally-efficient manner – while ensuring access for the Swedish Armed Forces and other users of the airspace at lower altitudes.

LFV says that major structural changes to the airspace take time to implement as extensive analyses, security audits, simulations, and coordination with relevant stakeholders are required. This is a first step to better adapting the Swedish lower airspace for aviation today and tomorrow, not least based on environmental efficiency.

The investigation will result in a proposal on how the lower airspace can be organised. The proposal should be possible to use as a basis for the airports to implement changes in their respective airspace and create modern conditions for current and future aviation.

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