NATS Blog

Here our people share their insights, views and expertise on the world of Air Traffic Management. We cover a broad range of topics from discussing technology and practices today to sharing visions of a potential tomorrow.

Air Traffic across Europe is at an all-time high and is set to increase. As an industry we want to minimise our environmental impact whilst enabling people to fly. Achieving this goal can only be realised by working together in collaborative endeavours such as SESAR 2020, Europe’s ATM research and development programme in support of […]

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From 28 March to the 31 August over 4,400 more flights were assigned their requested level when compared to 2018, meaning our trial performance is already indicating noteworthy fuel burn and environmental improvements.

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We’ve come a long way since the days when our main association with wind farm developers was to object to their developments because of the impact they had on our radar navigation and communications infrastructure.

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The summer of 2019 has been record breaking across the European aviation network with a record 37,228 flights handled on 28 June. And the European ATM community has been standing shoulder-to-shoulder to deliver efficient and effective air travel during the region’s busiest period.

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Last summer, NATS handled almost a quarter of all air traffic in Europe and yet contributed just 2.6% to total delays, but airspace capacity continues to challenge operational resilience.

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On 24 June 1948, ground access to the French, British and American zones of Berlin was cut off by the Soviet forces in East Germany. On 26 June, the first airlift flights departed for West Berlin. Over the following fourteen months over two million people were supplied with food, medicine, clothing, fuel, water and any other necessities by air.

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This summer has been a busy one for NATS and in fact all ANSPs throughout Europe, with records being broken throughout the continent as more and more people have taken to the skies than ever before. While scheduled air traffic is on the rise, the use of private jets is too, and this weekend is always one of the busiest of the year for this specialist sector as the summer holidays come to a close.

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Last weekend saw the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at Fairford deliver another spectacular air show. Find out how we managed our stand in the Techno Zone this year.

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Since becoming a Public Private Partnership in 2001, all of us at NATS have worked hard to deliver a service that is as safe and efficient as it can be, while reducing costs and offering greater value to our airline customers.

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This day a year ago, the UK’s aviation and aerospace sectors made a commitment to working together to build a more balanced and fair industry for women.

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