August flights show second month of single digit decline

21 September 2009

The percentage decline in flights in UK controlled airspace remained in single figures for the second consecutive month, according to statistics published today.

NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, showed a fall of 8.8 per cent compared to the same month last year with 206,376 flights in August 2009 against 226,262 in August 2008.

In July 2009, the number of flights decreased by 8.9 per cent from July 2008.  Year-to-date air traffic has contracted 10.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2008.

All domestic centres and markets posted reductions in traffic except the Isle of Man and Liverpool, which posted 0.8 and 0.9 per cent increases respectively. The Middle East, Asia and Africa market is again the only international market to show positive growth with a 0.7 per cent increase in arrivals and departures from August 2008.

Flights to Turkey registered an increase of 12.4 per cent, the same as last month.

Aug 2009 Aug 2008 % gr 2009 to Date 2008 to Date % gr
UK FLIGHTS 206,376 226,262 -8.8% 1,495,710 1,669,676 -10.4%
CENTRES
London Area Control 171,955 189,329 -9.2% 1,229,463 1,370,805 -10.3%
London Terminal Control 114,599 124,758 -8.1% 850,792 941,999 -9.7%
Manchester Area Control Centre 45,768 51,962 -11.9% 333,532 389,720 -14.4%
Scottish Area Control Centre 51,522 58,161 -11.4% 378,647 434,922 -12.9%
Oceanic Area Control Centre (Shanwick) 36,961 40,416 -8.5% 266,625 289,657 -8.0%
MARKET
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures 11,403 13,113 -13.0% 84,109 96,697 -13.0%
Transatlantic Overflights 18,905 19,251 -1.8% 128,043 138,031 -7.2%
Other Arrivals/Departures 128,480 140,225 -8.4% 914,137 1,015,390 -10.0%
Other Overflights 10,073 12,454 -19.1% 74,511 88,402 -15.7%
Domestic 37,198 40,806 -8.8% 291,784 328,301 -11.1%
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