Positive start to 2011 as flights maintain gradual increase

29 March 2011

The number of flights handled by NATS in February was 0.5 per cent up on the same month last year, according to figures released today.

But the increase needs to be set against the context of widespread disruption caused by snow and ice during February 2010, making this year’s figures appear more positive.

Last month, our controllers managed 150,811 flights compared to 150,006 in February 2010. Flights in January rose by 4.6 per cent. Airlines began their summer schedules on Sunday March 27.

Some airports where NATS provides an air traffic control service registered an increase, including Aberdeen (5.9%), Manchester (4.0%), Luton (3.9%), Glasgow (3.5%) and Heathrow (2.7%).

Feb2011 Feb2010 % gr 2011 to Date 2010 to Date % gr
UK FLIGHTS 150,811 150,006 0.5% 309,886 302,072 2.6%
CENTRES
Swanwick 129,539 129,251 0.2% 266,580 259,723 2.6%
Prestwick 60,570 60,635 -0.1% 124,324 122,512 1.5%
London Area Control 123,460 122,092 1.1% 254,182 245,920 3.4%
London Terminal Control 88,980 89,716 -0.8% 183,167 179,501 2.0%
Manchester Area Control Centre 30,982 31,894 -2.9% 63,585 63,466 0.2%
Scottish Area Control Centre 38,048 37,603 1.2% 77,716 76,568 1.5%
Oceanic Area Control Centre (Shanwick) 26,672 26,659 0.0% 57,098 55,837 2.3%
MARKET
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures 8,687 8,343 4.1% 18,291 17,442 4.9%
Transatlantic Overflights 13,257 11,956 10.9% 27,774 25,479 9.0%
Other Arrivals/Departures 91,709 90,603 1.2% 188,233 182,242 3.3%
Other Overflights 6,931 7,083 -2.1% 14,173 14,422 -1.7%
Domestic 29,986 31,635 -5.2% 60,865 61,848 -1.6%
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