In March, NATS handled 197,631 flights in UK airspace, an increase of just under two per cent compared to the same month last year. However, there was significant growth in many areas of the operation, in particular in transatlantic and overflying traffic.
January saw 181,362 flights fly through UK airspace according to NATS, an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to January 2018. This accounted for 23.7 per cent of all European traffic and demonstrates the continuously increasing global demand for air travel.
Last year was the busiest on record for air traffic across the UK, according to NATS. It was the first time traffic levels were higher than 2007, the previous peak year prior to the banking crisis and subsequent economic downturn.
Ryanair has released data which the airline argues shows it, and London Stansted Airport, are being discriminated against by the UK air traffic control provider, NATS.
Nats has begun the implementation of the new EXCDS electronic flight strip system. The technology is being introduced at the London Terminal Control Centre, which manages flights entering and departing London and the south-east - some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world.
NATS and fast-growing UK-based drone traffic management solutions company Altitude Angel have entered a strategic partnership that lays the foundation for a future whereby drones and manned aircraft could safely co-exist in the UK’s busy skies.
NATS has signed a nine-year contract with Belfast International Airport for the provision of air traffic control and engineering services. NATS and Belfast International have worked together for many years but this contract signals the start of a strategic partnership, which will ensure the continued future success of air traffic control and engineering services at the airport.
UK air traffic control service Nats expects to handle a record-breaking 8,800 flights today and more than 770,000 overall during the course of the summer. The figures beat numbers seen last year by 40,000 and the previous high set in 2007, with significant growth across many UK airports.