NATS say air delays low during Olympics

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AIR traffic delays were significantly down on previous years in the three months of this summer’s Olympics.

The National Air Traffic Services (NATS), based in Swanwick, said that delays during the games were almost 87 per cent down on last year.

Figures showed that that the total number of minutes of delay attributable to NATS during the games was 12,981. In 2011 it was 98,326.

Martin Rolfe, NATS managing director, said: ‘We spent a long time preparing for this summer and the Olympics and Paralympics knowing that we would face challenges to keep air traffic flowing.

‘To have delivered the service that we did with so little delay over the three month period is testament to the planning and preparation as well as the investment in systems and staff that we put in place to handle these events.

‘We are continually striving to provide the most efficient and safe air traffic service we can while working to reduce our operating costs still further than the 30 per cent they have come down since privatisation 10 years ago.’