27 JANUARY 2014
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The UK’s National Air Traffic Services, officially NATS Holdings Ltd, and 49% owned by the government (the rest is covered by various airlines, staff and Heathrow) saw an increase in air movements during 2013.
UK air traffic rose slightly in the calendar year 2013 compared to the previous year, in spite of a number of issues, including European strike action and bad weather, with their associated delays and flight cancellations. NATS handled 2,153,995 flights in total, a rise of 0.4%.
Figures are still well below peak numbers in 2007, when air traffic was almost 13% higher than in 2013.
Looking at all flights handled in UK airspace, the best performing segment during 2013 was ‘Non-Transatlantic Overflights’ which saw an increase of 2.5%. In contrast, the worst performing segment, ‘Domestic’ posted a 2.5% decline.
The overall NATS average delay for the UK for 2013 was approximately five seconds per flight. The European average performance for the same period was around 25 seconds delay per flight. www.nats.aero
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