Last updated: 09:00 AM ET, Thu March 19 2015

NATS Reports U.K. Air Traffic on the Rise

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | March 19, 2015

NATS Reports U.K. Air Traffic on the Rise

PHOTO: London City Airport. (TravelPulse file photo)

The U.K.'s major air traffic management company NATS (National Air Traffic Services) reports that air travel in the sovereign state increased during January and February of this year compared to those same two months in 2014.

The company reported handling 164,805 flights in January 2015, a rise of 1.6 percent over January 2014. Despite the increase, NATS recorded a 65 percent reduction in minutes of delays attributable to the company, going from 1,190 delay minutes in January 2014 to just 412 in January 2015.

Meanwhile, this past February saw even more growth, with a 3.1 percent year-over-year rise to 159,439 flights. However, NATS did experience a slight increase in attributable delay minutes last month, a 5.8 percent increase compared to the same month in 2014.

"The February half term is always a particularly busy time for us in managing that sheer demand of traffic, which is why there was an increase in delay," said NATS managing director of operations Martin Rolfe. "However, it has been a successful start to the year with NATS safely managing an increase in traffic in both January and February compared to last year’s figures."

"We’re glad that we were able to continue to provide a safe and efficient operation for our airline customers," he added. 

Some of the credit for 2015's busy start can be attributed to London City Airport, which recorded a year-over-year rise in traffic of 16.4 percent in January and a whopping 24.8 percent in February. 

Elsewhere, notable year-over-year rises in traffic included London Stansted Airport, which saw traffic levels increase 12 percent in January, and Southampton Airport, which recorded a 13.7 percent rise in flights in February.

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