NATS makes flights greener

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AIR traffic control firm NATS is meeting its environmental targets.

Its third quarter environmental performance data has shown it is on course to save 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2014.

The saving relates to flights directly under NATS’ control, as it helps them fly more efficiently and save up to £120m from their fuel bills.

Ian Jopson, head of environmental affairs at NATS, based in Swanwick, said: ‘Helping to reduce the environmental impact of aviation is not only the right thing for NATS to be doing, but it also makes great business sense by saving our airline customers money on their fuel bills.

‘These latest results show that the new procedures our controllers are following do make a difference.’

NATS will be financially rewarded for exceeding the target and would be penalised for failing to deliver.