Hurricane Sandy hits transatlantic flight figures

Hurricane Sandy hits transatlantic flight figures

23 November 2012

Hurricane Sandy in the United States caused a 0.5 per cent reduction in the number of Transatlantic flights during October.

Transatlantic arrivals and departures in the UK were actually down by 2.2 per cent when compared to October 2011, with the hurricane effect being felt between the 28th and 31st of the month.

Overall the number of UK flights decreased by 1.5 per cent in October when compared to October 2011.

The domestic flights market actually grew by two per cent during the month although this was large as a result of the extra two working days this year, and an extra day of summer schedules.

The London Terminal Control handled its millionth flight of 2012 on October 17 – in 2011 the milestone was reached on October 15.

Traffic at  NATS airports decreased by 0.3 per cent in the month – although there was strong growth at Farnborough (18.1 per cent) and Aberdeen (13.4 per cent).

    Oct 2012 Oct 2011 % gr 2012 to Date 2011 to Date % gr
UK FLIGHTS   187,898 190,722 -1.5% 1,839,040 1,863,763 -1.3%
CENTRES              
Swanwick   161,243 164,466 -2.0% 1,590,161 1,611,561 -1.3%
London Area Control   154,343 157,814 -2.2% 1,524,941 1,546,324 -1.4%
London Terminal Control   106,577 107,861 -1.2% 1,048,261 1,056,198 -0.8%
Prestwick   101,010 103,011 -1.9% 983,672 1,001,290 -1.8%
Prestwick Domestic   77,297 78,142 -1.1% 738,719 756,648 -2.4%
Prestwick Oceanic   33,822 35,368 -4.4% 339,956 345,379 -1.6%
MARKET              
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures   11,059 11,307 -2.2% 107,931 107,982 0.0%
Transatlantic Overflights   15,653 16,935 -7.6% 160,596 167,606 -4.2%
Other Arrivals/Departures   117,290 119,817 -2.1% 1,151,878 1,161,019 -0.8%
Other Overflights   8,850 8,184 8.1% 86,911 86,694 0.3%
Domestic   34,844 34,146 2.0% 329,041 336,298 -2.2%
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