Tag: NATS

UK passengers could face price hikes as NATS airline charge increase

UK passengers could face fare hikes as air traffic costs increase for airlines

Air passengers could face higher fare prices as airlines are set to pay more for the UK air traffic control system. Today, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced it had reached a final decision on new price control arrangements for NATS En Route plc (NERL), the provider of en route air t...

Ryanair signs 5-year deal with Enilive for access to up to 100,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel

Ryanair CEO criticizes NATS over air traffic control debacle

In a fiery exchange during today's Transport Select Committee hearing, Ryanair's Chief Executive, Michael O'Leary, vehemently criticized the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) chief, labeling their report on August's air traffic control failure as "a complete tissue of nonsense" and "completely mi...

One Year On: London City’s digital Air Traffic Control Tower

On April 30th last year, London City and NATS announced the successful launch of the first Digital Air Traffic Control Tower at a mainstream UK commercial airport. Unlike most airports, air traffic control is provided by a digital system, which sees fourteen high-definition cameras and sensors mo...

No recovery for UK air traffic in 2021 as pandemic continues

No recovery for UK air traffic in 2021 as pandemic continues

Air traffic figures for 2021 show the UK aviation industry is still struggling to recover from the pandemic, with numbers changing little from 2020 and showing continued volatility. Despite the peaks and troughs as the industry responded to changing COVID guidelines at home and in overseas market...

British Airways operates passenger flight using recycled cooking oil

Britain's aviation industry has come together to operate a net zero flight. The short flight - British Airways BA1476 from London Heathrow to Glasgow Airport - was powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), provided by bp, blended at 35% with traditional jet fuel in accordance with tech...

Air traffic numbers fall in October

Air traffic numbers fall in October

In October, NATS handled 228,355 flights in UK airspace, 0.5% less air traffic when compared to October 2018. However, traffic for the year has increased by 1.2% overall. Both of NATS’ air traffic control (ATC) centres, Swanwick and Prestwick handled 0.5% less traffic than in October last yea...

NATS: UK flights grow in January by 1.6%

NATS: UK flights grow in January by 1.6%

UK air traffic management company NATS said January saw 181,362 flights fly through UK airspace - an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to January 2018. This accounted for 23.7 per cent of all European traffic and demonstrates the continuously increasing global demand for air travel. The bigge...

2018 busiest year on record for air traffic in UK

2018 busiest year on record for air traffic in UK

Last year was the busiest on record for air traffic across the UK, according to air navigation services provider NATS. 2018 saw higher levels of traffic than 2007, the previous peak year prior to the economic downturn. The UK broke its annual air traffic record by 0.3 per cent, with 2,557,780 ...

NATS trialling use of AI at Heathrow Airport to cut delays

NATS trialling use of AI at Heathrow Airport to cut delays

UK air traffic management service NATS has begun a trial at Heathrow Airport to understand whether artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to help reduce flight delays and help reduce the 20 per cent loss of landing capacity. A project is now underway, within NATS’ bespoke Digital Tower Labo...

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