LFV tasked with proposing a new lower airspace in Sweden

Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider LFV has been commissioned by the Swedish Government to propose how the airspace below 2900 meters should be designed to create better conditions for more environmentally friendly flights to Swedish airports.

- With this new assignment, LFV is the designated public authority that will propose how a lower airspace could be designed. We look forward to developing 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.

- 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, says Ann Persson Grivas.

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.

More about airspace
The airspace is divided into different segments depending on, for example, the proximity to an airport, and it is also divided into controlled and uncontrolled zones. It has been a long time since the last airspace change (1998) and it is high time to adapt the airspace to the users who now frequent the skies.

Facts about LFV
LFV is Sweden’s leading player in air-traffic service for civil and military aviation and associated services. We are a secure, robust and reliable supplier of air-traffic service in Swedish air space and at Swedish airports. Through various cooperations, we participate in optimizing the efficiency of the European air space and are a driving force for digitization in several areas.

  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • LFV has more than 70 years' experience and knowledge of air traffic control services and aviation safety.
  • 40 years' experience of integrating civil and military air traffic control services.
  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 16 airports and operates four control centres in Sweden. ATCC Stockholm, ATCC Malmö (ATCC=Air Traffic Control Center), RTC Stockholm (Remote Tower Center), and Östgöta Kontrollcentral.
  • 100 percent achieved aviation safety goals.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • LFV has 1,100 employees.

For more information, please contact LFV’s press service, phone nr +4611192050.

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Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider LFV has been commissioned by the Swedish Government to propose how the airspace below 2900 meters should be designed to create better conditions for more environmentally friendly flights to Swedish airports.
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We look forward to developing modern and climate-smart conditions for everyone using Swedish airspace.
Ann Persson Grivas, Director General of LFV.