The Lower Airspace Radar Service at Bristol Airport will be closed by NATS from 1st March 2018, the decision has been made to strike the best balance between maintaining the best possible access to controlled airspace but at the same time recognising that Bristol Airport is seeing sustained traffic growth.
All pilots are able to request access to the controlled airspace around Bristol Airport and NATS strongly encourage pilots to continue to use the listening squawk of 5077 and maintain a listening watch on 125.650MHz whenever they are operating in the vicinity of Bristol.
After the 1st March LARS will continue to be available from Cardiff, Brize Radar, Yeovilton, Boscombe Down and Bournemouth during notified hours. A Basic Service is also available from London Information H24.
Pilots requiring a LARS from the surrounding units should be aware that requests for an ATS may increase and therefore it may take longer to receive a response. Pilots requiring a Basic Service flying in the vicinity of Bristol and who intend to remain outside of Controlled Airspace (CAS) should consider calling London Information on 124.750 MHz.
More information can be found by downloading the Aeronautical Information Circular 005/2018 document from the CAA which can be found here.