September air traffic figures record two millionth flight of the year

September air traffic figures record two millionth flight of the year

21 October 2019

In September, NATS handled 237,906 flights in UK airspace, an increase of 0.4% compared to September 2018.

There was growth in several areas of the operation compared to the same month last year – non-transatlantic international overflying traffic increased by 12.1%; and traffic grew at both of NATS’ air traffic control (ATC) centres at Swanwick (0.4%) and Prestwick (1.4%). There was also growth at six of the 14 airports where NATS provides the ATC service, including two of the ’big five’ London Airports – London City and Luton.

NATS handled almost 24% of all the traffic in Europe in September with 98% punctuality across the 237,906 flights. Year to date, the average air traffic control delay per flight is 9.7 seconds.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director, said: “Traffic growth remains steady, with 0.4% growth in September and just over 1% growth so far this year. We handled our two millionth flight of the year on 25 September, three days earlier than in 2018 (28 September); a decade ago, this number of flights was not reached until October and even November, showing the growth that has happened in the industry since then.”

 

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