January air traffic figures show positive growth

January air traffic figures show positive growth

15 February 2019

January saw 181,362 flights fly through UK airspace according to NATS, an increase of 1.6% compared to January 2018. This accounted for 23.7% of all European traffic and demonstrates the continuously increasing global demand for air travel.

The biggest growth came in the ‘Non-Transatlantic International Overflights’ sector, with an increase of 7.5% compared to last January. This is largely due to an increase in demand between Ireland and Europe, particularly on flights between Dublin and Frankfurt. ‘Transatlantic Overflights’ also saw a marked increase, up 6.3%, led by more flights between the US and Europe, notably between New York and Paris.

‘Domestic Flights’ was the only sector that declined in January compared to last year, with a 3.5% reduction in traffic.

Traffic handled by both NATS air traffic control centres grew year on year in January, with Swanwick air traffic up by 4% and Prestwick up by almost 2%.

99.99% of the 181,362 flights handled by NATS had no NATS attributable delay; 29 flights were delayed by an average of 11.6 minutes. Across all 181,362 flights handled in January, the average delay per flight was .11 seconds.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director, said: “We’re off to a good start this year, handling an increasing number of flights with less delay compared to last January. We’re planning for another record-breaking year and our controllers are working hard to ensure they deliver the best service to our airline and airport customers, despite the increasing number of flights.”

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