Air traffic control delays hit record low again

05 December 2012

Aircraft delays attributed to the UK’s leading air traffic control company NATS were at a record low level for November – the 10th time this year the monthly record has been broken.

There were just 619 minutes of delay attributable to NATS across the 156,121 flights handled during November – a 95 per cent reduction on November 2011.

For 10 of the 11 months of 2012 NATS has recorded the lowest levels of delays since records started being produced in the mid-1990s.

Martin Rolfe

NATS Managing Director Operations Martin Rolfe said: “Once again we have provided excellent service to our airline and airport customers in the past month and throughout 2012.

“We are now consistently driving delays lower and lower and we will continually strive to improve still further the air traffic control service that we provide for our customers and the travelling public.

“If you fly in the UK or through UK airspace you can almost guarantee that you will do so without any NATS–attributable air traffic control delay to your journey.”

Traffic levels during November were 0.1 per cent up on the same month last year – although that was as a result of the delayed introduction of some winter schedules.

Non-Transatlantic overflights were up 8.6 per cent while Transatlantic overflights decreased by 8.5 per cent.


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