Controllers ensure a smooth arrival for the Olympic flame

18 May 2012

Staff in Area Control and Western Radar played their part in bringing the Olympic flame to the UK tonight.

The British Airways flight – BA 2012 – from Athens arrived in UK airspace around 6pm and, after flying along the south coast of England, exited controlled airspace just south of Exeter.

The flight – which as well as the flame carried the Princess Royal, Olympic Games organising committee chairman Lord Coe and footballer David Beckham – received a deconfliction service from Western Radar before being handed on to Royal Navy approach controllers at Culdrose in Cornwall.

The gold-liveried British Airways aircraft, named Firefly, landed just before 7.30pm at the Cornish Royal Naval Air Station.

General Manager Terminal Control and lead for the Olympics project Paul Haskins said: “All the preparation we have done as a company getting ready for London 2012 is now very real.

“We have helped bring the flame to the UK – the first of many tasks that staff throughout NATS will be performing over the next four months to ensure that London 2012 has a successful Olympic Games.”

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