UK air traffic movements in September down 0.3% on 2009

12 October 2010

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, today released figures showing a 0.3% decline in air traffic movements in UK airspace in September 2010, compared with September 2009.  The decrease is the smallest year on year percentage decline since the global aviation downturn began in July 2008.

Air traffic in Europe was impacted by French industrial action which occurred from September 6 through 8 and from September 14 through 24, an air traffic control strike in Belgium from the 28th through 29th, and a general strike in Spain on the 29th.

There was positive growth in the Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures market of 4.0% and Transatlantic Overflights of 6.3%. Traffic at NATS airports decreased by 1.3% this month as compared to September 2009, with the exceptions of Farnborough (9.6%), Heathrow (5.0%), Southampton (3.6%), Aberdeen (0.8%) and Bristol (0.1%), which all posted positive growth.

Sep 2010 Sep 2009 % gr 2010 to Date 2009 to Date % gr
UK FLIGHTS 198,514 199,143 -0.3% 1,610,484 1,694,853 -5.0%
CENTRES
Swanwick 171,995 172,972 -0.6% 1,392,787 1,464,935 -4.9%
Prestwick 81,852 82,962 -1.3% 658,311 711,000 -7.4%
London Area Control 164,498 164,556 0.0% 1,328,519 1,394,019 -4.7%
London Terminal Control 111,670 112,830 -1.0% 918,430 963,622 -4.7%
Manchester Area Control Centre 43,380 45,087 -3.8% 347,023 378,619 -8.3%
Scottish Area Control Centre 49,109 49,063 0.1% 399,347 427,710 -6.6%
Oceanic Area Control Centre (Shanwick) 36,205 33,953 6.6% 292,391 300,578 -2.7%
MARKET
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures 10,985 10,559 4.0% 90,913 94,668 -4.0%
Transatlantic Overflights 17,501 16,463 6.3% 140,378 144,506 -2.9%
Other Arrivals/Departures 123,670 124,757 -0.9% 991,850 1,038,894 -4.5%
Other Overflights 8,839 9,292 -4.9% 75,067 83,803 -10.4%
Domestic 37,080 37,751 -1.8% 307,720 329,535 -6.6%
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