June air traffic figures show increase in flights

24 July 2019

In June, NATS handled 242,248 flights in UK airspace, an increase of 0.8% compared to June 2018.

There was growth in many areas of the operation, in particular in non-transatlantic international overflying traffic. Traffic grew at seven of the 13 airports where NATS controls, compared with the same month last year, including at three of the ’big five’ London Airports. At Heathrow, we set a record for the busiest day on 14 June, with 1396 aircraft using the runways in a single day

NATS handled almost a quarter of all the traffic in Europe in June and the levels of air traffic control delay in UK airspace were very low; across all 242,248 flights handled in June, 99% had no NATS attributable delay. Year to date, the average air traffic control delay per flight is just 4.6 seconds.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director, said: “Our air traffic controllers are handling well over 8,000 flights per day in the busy summer months and they are doing an excellent job. More and more people are heading off on their summer holidays as schools begin to break up and families travel overseas, and we are doing everything we can to make sure they get safely on their way with minimal delay.”


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