Officials in the UK government have launched in independent inquiry into the failure of air traffic control services in the south-east of England on Friday. National Air Traffic Services blamed a software glitch at its centre at Swanwick in Hampshire for the disruption, which delays at Heathrow and Gatwick.
During August NATS handled 210,615 flights, which is an increase of 2.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. Nine out of the fifteen airports where NATS operates air traffic control saw a rise in scheduled air traffic last month.
Air traffic services provider NATS is to provide fully-managed simulator services at Bristol Airport. The 3D Aerodrome and Approach simulator, which will operate remotely, will provide the best available equipment for Bristol air traffic staff to train, familiarise and demonstrate their expertise, as well as practising new procedures and techniques.
Manchester Airport Group and NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control provider, have signed an agreement confirming a ten-year contract for air traffic control and engineering services at both Manchester and London Stansted airports. NATS has a long standing relationship with Manchester and Stansted Airports, built up over many years, and will commence the new contract on April 1st 2015.
NATS saw an air traffic increase of 2.4 per cent compared to the same period last year, with 214,923 flights handled in July. Scheduled traffic rose at eight out of the fifteen airports where NATS operate air traffic control. Farnborough led this growth with a rise of 31.3 per cent, which was mainly attributable to the air show during the month.
NATS handled 206,315 flights in June, which is an increase of 2.4 per cent when compared to the same period last year. Scheduled traffic rose at ten out of the fifteen airports where NATS operate air traffic control.
UK air traffic service provider NATS has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation with Dubai-based airline flydubai. The deal will allow the two organisations to explore how their core capabilities can be utilised to deliver significant benefits to the airline’s business.
A new operational procedure to cut the amount of time aircraft circle in ‘holding stacks’ at London Heathrow Airport has begun. Traditionally NATS, the UK’s air traffic service provider, has only been able to influence an arriving aircraft’s approach to Heathrow once it enters UK airspace - sometimes only 80 miles from the airport.
UK air traffic saw an increase of 1.9 per cent last month compared to February 2013, and in spite of the dramatic weather that has been experienced by the UK, NATS handled 146,005 flights. Looking at all flights handled by NATS in UK airspace, the domestic market segment experienced a decrease of 4.7 per cent.
NATS has won a capacity management contract with Heathrow Airport, which is to run for four years. Working in partnership with Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics, McLaren Applied Technologies and AVTECH Sweden AB, NATS will deliver an enhanced capacity analysis capability, which will allow Heathrow Airport to rapidly assess proposed changes to the airport infrastructure.
A new system to separate arriving aircraft at Heathrow by time instead of distance will radically cut delays and reduce cancellations due to high headwinds, said air traffic control firm NATS. In what will be a world first, the new method for organising arriving aircraft is set to become operational at London’s biggest airport in spring 2015.
NATS will continue to provide air traffic services and expertise at Cardiff Airport, after securing a five year contract with Cardiff International Airport. The contract provides aerodrome and airport approach services, approach radar for MOD St Athan (located 2.5nm southwest of Cardiff Airport) and air traffic control engineering services at Cardiff.