Airspace Change Proposal for the Introduction of RNAV (GNSS) Departure and Approach Procedures

Welcome to the webpage for the airport’s public consultation on the introduction of new departure and approach paths for aircraft into and from DSA. The consultation will run from today until 15 December 2017.

Here you will find the full consultation document, frequently asked questions and information on how to respond giving your views and feedback. 

Anyone is welcome to respond to the formal consultation. All feedback will be considered and if necessary used to modify the proposed design(s) where appropriate.

We recognise that this is a lot of technical information involved in the associated documents which we have to produce for regulatory bodies but if you can’t find the information you require or would like to ask a question, please do get in touch via one of the methods below.

Why are we consulting?

DSA is participating in a UK – wide initiative to modernise airspace known as the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) backed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which will involve rationalising traditional ground based navigation currently in use and move to a new satellite navigation system known as RNAV (Area Navigation) 

The airport has therefore taken the opportunity with the new technology to develop and consult on improved departure and arrival routes from the site. The consultation documents outline potential changes to the routes that aircraft depart and arrive into the airport.

The proposed new departure and arrival routes have been designed to be similar to the current routes but improved where possible to reduce disruption to communities surrounding the airport and ensure safety. The new technology will also allow aircraft to operate with greater accuracy within their designated flying paths when departing and arriving.

Responding to the consultation and getting in touch

We take our bonds with our local communities very seriously and getting your feedback is very important to us.  As such we would like a rounded response to this consultation capturing all viewpoints and feedback to see where improvements can be achieved and also to the positives of what we are trying to achieve with this change.

You are invited to respond to the consultation via our dedicated email address or via post to Airspace Consultation, Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited, Heyford House, First Avenue, Doncaster, DN9 3RH.  Information on dedicated drop in sessions where you can book a time to come to the airport to hear more and ask any questions are below;


Slots will be available from 10am – 5pm (with the last finishing at 6pm)  Slots are available for groups of up to 5-6 people and are available on a first come, first served basis. To book a slot, please email with your preferred dates and times and if you are able to give details of any specific areas you would like to discuss, please advise in advance.

When responding please indicate clearly that this is your RESPONSE to the consultation.

Alongside any comments you may wish to make, it would be particularly helpful if emails or letters highlight the response being made as follows:

SUPPORTIn favour
NO COMMENTA nil return is considered helpful even if you have nothing to add
NO OBJECTIONNeither especially in favour or not in favour
OBJECTNot in favour
Example:RESPONSE: SUPPORT – Name, Organisation etc.; and then any comments you may have

Responses or clarifying questions made through social media channels will not be considered or answered. Please refer to Part D, point 1.2.5 in the main consultation document for guidance regarding a query.


In responding by post, please use the same methodology in the title of your letter as articulated above to highlight the nature of your response.

Acknowledgement of responses

We will not enter into correspondence with individual respondents on issues relating to this consultation other than to answer clarifying questions until the consultation period has ended and all responses have been collated and analysed.

The CAA requires that all consultation material, including copies of responses from consultees and others, is included in any formal submission to the CAA.

DSA undertakes that, apart from the necessary submission of material to the CAA and essential use by our consultants for analysis purposes, DSA will not disclose any personal details or content of individual responses to any third parties. Our consultants are signatories to confidentiality agreements in this respect. The CAA will however publish all consultation material including responses received (albeit redacted) on their website.

DSA will treat all responses with due care and sensitivity. If you do not want your personal details to be forwarded to the CAA, please let us know. All data passed to the CAA is bound by the Data Protection Act.  This project is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.