UK Flights Show Underlying Increase Of 2.4% In May 2011

UK Flights Show Underlying Increase Of 2.4% In May 2011

16 June 2011

The underlying growth in the number of UK flights was 2.4% in May 2011 compared to the same month the previous year, according to NATS monthly statistics released today.  However, due to disruption caused by volcanic ash clouds in both years, the overall figure increased by 6.1% in May 2011 compared to May 2010.

All centres and markets experienced an increase in traffic this month.  The growth in Oceanic Area traffic is particularly high (22%) due to the comparison with a decreased 2010 figure, when flights were being rerouted due to the position of the ash cloud in Oceanic airspace in 2010.

Traffic at airports handled by NATS increased overall by 5.1% this month.

May-11 May-10 % gr 2011 to Date 2010 to Date % gr
UK FLIGHTS 196,598 185,270 6.10% 856,722 799,529 7.20%
CENTRES
Swanwick 170,706 160,230 6.50% 739,278 689,313 7.20%
Prestwick 78,582 74,764 5.10% 343,740 323,451 6.30%
London Area Control 164,055 153,176 7.10% 707,227 654,471 8.10%
London Terminal Control 110,865 105,585 5.00% 496,199 466,954 6.30%
Manchester Area Control Centre 41,739 39,653 5.30% 178,104 170,374 4.50%
Scottish Area Control Centre 46,931 44,819 4.70% 211,692 198,186 6.80%
Oceanic Area Control Centre (Shanwick) 36,499 29,889 22.10% 158,401 144,103 9.90%
MARKET
Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures 11,455 10,610 8.00% 50,169 46,084 8.90%
Transatlantic Overflights 17,221 15,276 12.70% 75,586 67,540 11.90%
Other Arrivals/Departures 124,078 115,886 7.10% 527,587 487,128 8.30%
Other Overflights 9,115 8,328 9.50% 39,805 36,817 8.10%
Domestic 34,073 33,986 0.30% 161,363 159,301 1.30%
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