The impact to airlines from airspace closure can be as benign as a two minute extension on an arrival pattern, or as catastrophic as a shoot down from a surface-to-air missile, as the tragic loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine in July 2014 demonstrates. Airspace constraints come in a variety of forms, both man-made and physical, but all result in operational inefficiencies that erode the economic vitality of an airline. Understanding the root causes of these airspace restrictions, developing strategies for mitigating their impact, and anticipating future airspace closures, are critical for the efficient and safe operation of any airline. This book uniquely examines the technological, geographic, regulatory, and political aspects of airspace closure, with a focus on how airlines continue to adapt to overcome these challenges, providing readers with a framework for identifying issues and solutions in a systematic manner. Filled with historical references and contemporary anecdotes, this book serves both as a practical guide and strategic resource for airline managers navigating their 21st century. organizations around some of the lingering 20th century obstacles.
"In the wake of the shootdown of MH 17 in 2014, anyone involved in commercial aviation planning and operations should read this important book as a foundation for understanding the causes and consequences of airspace closure. The book does a remarkable job in tying together an enormously diverse set of topics - regulatory, technical, political, commercial, security, geographic - in an eminently readable fashion. The fascinating real-world vignettes that introduce each chapter are themselves worth the price of admission for anyone with an interest in international relations, economic geography, or aviation history."
- Darryl Jenkins, The American Aviation Institute, USA
"A detailed review of the various factors and constraints (including air traffic management/geographic/ regulatory/political/security among others that should be considered when trying to reduce the impact of both temporary and long-term airspace closures."
- Library Additions, Aerospace, February 2016