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.
UK air traffic rose slightly in the calendar year 2013 compared to the previous year, in spite of a number of issues, including European strike action and bad weather, with their associated delays and flight cancellations. NATS, the UK’s major air traffic management company, handled 2,153,995 flights in total, a rise of 0.4 per cent.
NATS chief executive Richard Deakin, the UK based global provider of air traffic services, has announced a key appointment within the executive team of the company. Catherine Mason will take up the role of managing director services on April 1st 2014, with responsibility for leading NATS’ services business, NATS (Services).
NATS has started a consultation on proposed airspace changes over southern England. The London Airspace Consultation will run until January 21st 2014 and will be available online for stakeholders and the public to view and leave feedback that will help with the modernisation of the UK’s airspace structure.
The latest traffic figures from the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, NATS, show that it handled the millionth flight on June 26th this year. Overall UK flights increased by 1.8 per cent in June 2013 compared to the same time last year.
Flights into and out of the United Kingdom have been hit by technical problems at the NATS Swanwick control centre. UK airspaces remained open, the air traffic control service said, but there would be limits on capacity while the problems were addressed.
NATS has reported a turnover of £899 million for the year, and a pre-tax profit of £191 million. Richard Deakin, chief executive, NATS said: “This has been another solid financial performance for NATS.”
NATS is marking one year since delivering 3Di, its award winning tool which measures the environmental efficiency of air traffic, unlocking estimated savings of 600,000 tonnes of CO2 and £120 million of fuel by 2015. Over the course of 2012, NATS’ 3Di score – as measured on a scale where zero equates to a ‘perfect flight’ – has been steadily improving, reflecting the range of environmental initiatives NATS has introduced to help save airlines fuel and minimise CO2 emissions.
NATS has awarded Lockheed Martin UK a seven-year contract extension to continue supporting the air traffic management systems based at Swanwick and Prestwick. Under this contract Lockheed Martin will also support the UK’s air traffic control company’s flight data processing system.