NATS handling more flights than last year

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The number of flights being handled by air traffic controllers Nats is growing.

Last month Nats, which has a centre in Swanwick, handled 224,716 flights – an increase of 2.5 per cent compared to June 2014.

According to Nats’ internal traffic data, transatlantic arrivals and departures grew by 6.1 per cent, while domestic flights increased by 4.3 per cent.

There was 22,410 minutes of Nats-attributable en-route delay in June, which is a 6.7 per cent increase from last year. The increase in domestic flights can be partly attributed to new routes being added.

Juliet Kennedy, operations director at Swanwick, said: ‘The continued growth in air traffic is really good to see.

‘Unfortunately, June also saw an increase in Nats-attributable delay, some of which was due to spikes of very high demand that exceeded capacity on a number of sectors of airspace.

‘However, we are working hard to ensure that this figure decreases.’