NATS, the provider of en route air traffic services in the UK, recorded a 2.2 per cent increase in 2014 traffic volumes when compared to the previous year. Last year saw 2,200,804 flights, up from 2,153,995 in 2013. In December 2014 alone, NATS handled 158,106 flights, which was an increase of 3.8 per cent when compared to December 2013.
A trial to cut the amount of time aircraft spend circling in ‘holding stacks’ at Heathrow Airport has started to reap rewards. Led by air traffic services provider NATS, as part of the UK-Ireland FAB and in collaboration with FABEC and Heathrow Airport, the trial has the overall aim of cutting average holding times by a quarter from the current time of eight minutes.
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.