UK air traffic movements in November down 0.5% on 2009

23 December 2010

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, today released figures showing a 0.5% decline in air traffic movements in UK airspace in November 2010, compared with November 2009.  The total number of flights handled by NATS last month was 158,559; last year the figure for November was 159,428.

This figure was influenced by bad weather conditions at the end of November that caused many airports to be closed and flights cancelled.  Industrial action by French air traffic controllers on 6th November caused cancellations and delays to flights to and from France.

The transatlantic picture was more positive, with growth in arrivals and departures of 5.2% while overflights increased by 8.9% on the previous year.

Nov 2010 Nov 2009 % gr 2010 to Date 2009 to Date % gr
 
UK FLIGHTS 158,559 159,428 -0.5% 1,962,001 2,045,441 -4.1%
 
CENTRES
Swanwick 135,041 135,568 -0.4% 1,694,500 1,765,672 -4.0%
Prestwick 66,496 67,273 -1.2% 804,719 857,848 -6.2%
London Area Control 128,066 127,668 0.3% 1,615,888 1,678,294 -3.7%
London Terminal Control 92,370 94,007 -1.7% 1,119,566 1,167,019 -4.1%
Manchester Area Control Centre 33,992 35,245 -3.6% 422,646 456,673 -7.5%
Scottish Area Control Centre 42,323 42,513 -0.4% 490,568 518,240 -5.3%
Oceanic Area Control Centre (Shanwick) 30,250 27,959 8.2% 358,416 361,319 -0.8%
 
MARKET
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures 9,672 9,191 5.2% 111,501 114,068 -2.3%
Transatlantic Overflights 14,457 13,278 8.9% 172,384 173,369 -0.6%
Other Arrivals/Departures 93,598 94,682 -1.1% 1,204,032 1,251,831 -3.8%
Other Overflights 6,993 7,112 -1.7% 90,563 99,663 -9.1%
Domestic 33,482 34,854 -3.9% 378,179 402,395 -6.0%

Notes to Editors:

  • NATS handled 2.2 million flights in the 2009 calendar year, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic, and carried more than 200 million passengers safely through some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world.
  • NATS provides air traffic control from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire.
  • NATS also provides air traffic control services at 15 of the nation’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, together with air traffic services at Gibraltar Airport.
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