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Article from BTNews 18 OCTOBER 2010

UK air traffic down in September

NATS, the UK air traffic services provider, published figures showing that in September 2010 there was a 0.3% decline in air traffic movement in the country, compared to the same month in 2009.  This is the smallest year on year decline since the global aviation downturn began in July 2008.

Air traffic in Europe was effected by two periods of industrial action in France, an air traffic control strike in Belgium and a general strike in Spain during September.  There was positive growth in the Transatlantic Arrivals/Departures of 4% and in the Transatlantic Overflights of 6.3%. Traffic at NATS airports decreased by1.3% in the month compared to September 2009. 

There were exceptions. Traffic at Farnborough increased by 9.6%, Heathrow by 5%, Southampton by 3.6%, Aberdeen by 0.8% and Bristol by 0.1%. www.nats.co.uk

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