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NATS reports increase in flights at UK airports

During August UK air traffic management provider NATS says it handled 210,615 flights, an increase of 2.2% compared to the same month last year.

Nine out of the 15 airports where NATS operates air traffic control saw a rise in scheduled air traffic last month.

Leading this rise was London Stansted with a rise of 7.6%, Birmingham followed suit with a surge of 6.4%, while Glasgow in Scotland was up 6.3%.

NATS attributable delay totalled 11,327 minutes last month, which despite the seasonal increase in traffic makes it the third lowest August total since records began in the 1990s.

The UK market grew by 2.2% last month, with the non-transatlantic overflights sector leading the way with a 5.9% rise and Transatlantic arrivals/departures also growing by 5%, but the domestic market declined by 4.8%.

Martin Rolfe, managing director operations, NATS, explains: “August has been another positive month for NATS. It concludes a successful summer where delays have been kept to a minimum alongside increases in scheduled air traffic at the majority of airports where we operate air traffic control.

“This is great news for our airline and airport customers as we head towards the autumn months.”

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