COVID19 airspace temporary classification changes

The significant downturn in commercial aviation has resulted in Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) reducing their manpower and services within controlled airspace. As a result, the classification of some portions of controlled airspace can change (eg from D to G) on a relatively short timeline. For example, on the 21st May, there were 13 volumes of reclassified airspace and on another recent occasion 14.

To ensure that the status of any temporarily reclassified controlled airspace is not in doubt, all pilots are encouraged to carefully review the detail when checking NOTAMs before flight.