COP26 closes huge area of Scotland’s airspace

A large chunk of Scotland’s airspace will be closed to General Aviation during the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, being held from 30 October to 13 November.

Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) M 091/2021 has details of the restricted airspace.

It covers an area stretching from Turnberry to Leuchars (south-west to north-east), and all of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The ceiling of most of the restricted airspace is FL100.

Scotland airspace COP 26

The AIC makes it clear that “unauthorised flight into this restricted airspace is FORBIDDEN [their caps].

“Deviation from the rules for entry will result in INTERCEPTION.”

Leaders from across the world are expected to fly in for the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26th Summit being held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

NATS AIS website.


    1. What a surprise. Inaccessible safety information. I have come back to flying having had two years with cancer only to find that NATS has been in the process of approving my account since August.

      It seems that the only way to access AIPs, AICs and NOTAMs is through SkyDemon. If someone does infringe a temporary restricted airspace, the people at NATS will pass the buck despite the fact they seem incapable of organising themselves out of a paper bag! The new web site is a shambles!

      1. You’re not joking!
        I too have cancer and just had a medical….bloody CAA Cellma system is awful, they know who I am, but can’t manage to allocate a reference number correctly…typical computer system that hasn’t been correctly tested. When I worked for them in Air Traffic back in the 70s, everything worked, not surprisingly as paperwork based, even though they introduced an IBM 9020D system that was apparently already 2 decades old!

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