AIR traffic controllers experienced their busiest day of the year yesterday as millions of holidaymakers began their summer getaways.
The Nats control centre in Swanwick handled thousands of flights with many schools across England breaking up for the summer holidays.
Around 8,000 flights were handled yesterday by the two UK control centres – at Swanwick and Prestwick in Ayrshire – at 14 UK airports.
Routes to holiday destinations in Spain, the Canaries and southern Europe were busy and Nats prepared for weeks to ensure flights got away safely.
July is a busy month for air traffic with 230,000 flights recorded in July 2014, around 1,000 more a day compared with usual monthly average.
Nats’ Swanwick operations director Juliet Kennedy said: ‘We worked closely with our airline and airport partners to make sure the whole system was prepared and ready to handle the influx of passengers and flights. We wanted to make sure everyone got away for their well-earned break easily, efficiently and safely.’