NATS

NATS

Air Traffic Control Services

NATS provides air traffic control services at 15 of the UK's biggest airports, and "en-route" air traffic services for aircraft flying through UK airspace. This year we will handle more than two million flights carrying over 220 million passengers.

We compete for our business at the airports and have won all 15 of our contracts by being extremely good at what we do and the service we can offer. In 2005 we won our first overseas contract, for RAF Gibraltar.

Our "en route" business is regulated, and we operate under licence from the Civil Aviation Authority. The terms of our licence, available in full on the CAA website, require NATS to be capable of meeting on a continuous basis any reasonable level of overall demand. We are charged with permitting access to airspace on the part of all users, whilst making the most efficient overall use of airspace.

NATS is leading the industry in terms of technological and business development and sells a range of product and consultancy services.

Company Profile

  • ATS Management

    Improving safety, maximising capacity

    NATS Airports offers a number of services to make sure that your airport can optimise its resources at the same time as improving safety measures.

    Everything that we do is built on the foundation of our industry leading safety management. Our systems are not only cost-effective but they allow for continuous safety improvements, targeting identified risk areas.

    A trusted partner

    Thanks to our heritage in UK ATS we have an excellent relationship with the regulators, based on trust built up over many years. This means that we have a certain degree of autonomy that allows good decisions to be made and rapidly implemented.

    We can also offer a class-leading methodology for identifying the lead indicators of risk. The advantage of this is that it enables us to proactively manage safety issues, staying one step ahead, rather than reacting to events as they unfold.

    Optimising operational performance

    Our Airport services are also highly effective when it comes to capacity issues. Where operational performance is a high priority we can offer our experience in working with the world’s busiest dual and single runway airports. These have given us an extensive working knowledge of how to make the best use of an airport’s existing infrastructure to build capacity and growth.

    ATS Management
  • Tower & Approach

    Considering the safety, complexity, capacity and efficiency requirements it places upon an airport, you may well choose to outsource tower and approach control services. NATS is the leading provider of these in the UK.

    We have expanded our services to support customers globally, helping them solve their most problematic issues in a world where costs and capacity must be satisfied without compromising safety.

    The service we provide is highly flexible, with staff who undergo continuous professional development and are able to adapt to each airport’s operational requirements. We can also offer remote services. These support emergency or contingent operations or can be used as a way to reduce the cost of on-site ATC operations.

    Tower & Approach
  • Training

    Training is an essential part of addressing any safety issues. It may be well worthwhile commissioning a training audit to see if there are gaps in your team’s knowledge and to check that they are compliant with regulations.

    Safety is always incorporated into ATC and other teams’ training courses, and we can also offer specific safety courses:

    • Safety management systems
    • Incident investigation training
    Training
  • Other Services

    Helping you Provide a Seamless Service

    As part of our ATS management offering we can also provide a range of additional services. These are designed to help your airport operate with the highest standards of efficiency and safety.

    Operational Efficiency Cells

    These cells are composed of groups of people who have a direct link to all stakeholders, for instance ATC and Operations teams. Their role is to join up all the airport functions to enable them to operate smoothly together. Our ATC expertise and knowledge of the airports ‘network’ enables us to provide optimal airport efficiency and to reduce delays.

    Business Resilience

    We have a range of tried and tested procedures that can make sure your business carries on in times of crisis or emergency. These range from reinforcement of staffing at units, to unique Critical Incident Stress Management arrangement, which are highly effective in returning staff to work after an incident.

    Where it’s essential for ATC services to continue without interruption we can provide contingent operations. These normally require additional control facilities, such as a remote tower, which can get these services up and running within an hour.

    Airfield Services

    Our experience of the airport environment and tactical knowledge of the ATC operation means we can provide a highly effective stand planning service as well as a range of other related airfield operational requirements. These can often be rolled out cost-effectively by using existing ATC systems and personnel.

    Airfield Services

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  • NATS to design and deliver a new, bespoke voice communications system at London Luton Airport

    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air navigation services, is to design and deliver a new, bespoke voice communications system at London Luton Airport, which is currently undergoing expansion. Tailor-made by NATS’ service division, London Luton’s …
  • Belfast City Airport awards NATS air traffic control contract

    George Best Belfast City Airport (BCA) has chosen NATS as its new air traffic services provider. It is the first time the airport has awarded a contract for air traffic control services to an external company, …
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    Traffic through UK airspace, handled by UK air traffic services provider NATS, continued to grow over the summer holiday months compared to last year. NATS handled 234,501 flights in July, an increase of …
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    In June, NATS handled 224,716 flights, which was an increase of 2.5% compared to June 2014. These latest air traffic figures confirm that the number of flights continues to increase on a month …
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    Norway’s brightest future air traffic controllers are to be trained in the UK from this September, after Air traffic Management company NATS won a multi-year contract with the Norwegian air navigation services …
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    NATS and Heathrow Airport have entered a new strategic partnership, signalling a fundamental change to the relationship between the airport and air traffic services provider. As part of the agreement, Heathrow and NATS …
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    Leading UK air traffic control company, NATS, saw an increase in flight traffic of 4.2% in March compared to the same month last year, handling a total of 183,187 flights.‘Domestic’ flights led the …
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    On stand 890, NATS experts will be available to discuss a range of ATM topics throughout the event, including: strategic airport capacity management, cross border arrival and departure management, time based separation and iTEC.We will …
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    The Borealis Alliance of nine European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) has today announced the launch of a programme to deliver seamless and integrated free route airspace across the whole of Northern …
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    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and NATS have agreed to the establishment of an independent inquiry following the disruption caused by the failure in air traffic management systems on the afternoon of …
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    Addressing European transport ministers in Rome last week, Richard Deakin, the Chief Executive of UK air traffic services provider NATS, urged the European Commission to take a new approach to reforming the …
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    NATS handled 197,313 flights during October, a rise of 1.5% compared to the same period last year. NATS-attributable delays totalled 4196 minutes last month, making it the third lowest October total since records began in …
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    Air traffic controllers at Gatwick Airport handled a total of 906 movements on 29 August, breaking their own world record for air traffic movements in a day from a single runway. The record …
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    The operational and environmental efficiency of UK airspace improved during the first half of the year, according to figures released by air traffic services provider, NATS. NATS measures the efficiency of an aircraft’s route …
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    Professional pilots and air traffic controllers will no longer have to travel to southern England for their initial medicals, thanks to the opening of Scotland’s first aeromedical centre. Secretary of State for Scotland, …
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    NATS saw traffic increase by 2.1% in May compared to the same period last year, with 201,567 flights handled in total. At eleven out of the fifteen airports where NATS operates air traffic control, there …
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    NATS launches consultation on proposals to switch flights between two existing departure routes at Stansted Airport – reducing the use of one and increasing the use of anotherProposal fits into wider programme of …
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    The next generation of engineering talent from the Gulf state of Oman is to receive specialist training from air traffic management company, NATS. Delegates from Muscat and Salalah airports will attend a series …
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    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today approved a proposal by NATS to reclassify the airspace around Heathrow Airport. From 18 September, the London CTR control zone – the busiest piece of airspace in …
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    NATS handled 180,036 flights in April, a rise of 2.2% compared to the same period last year continuing a 13 month trend of air traffic increases. Delays attributable to NATS totalled 344 minutes, …
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    The Flight Efficiency Partnership, a group made up of NATS, airlines and flight planning providers, enabled 19,000 tonnes of fuel savings during the last financial year. Set up by NATS, the group meets …
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    NATS handled 166,159 flights in March, an increase of 0.6% when compared to the same period last year. Delays attributable to NATS totalled just 329 minutes last month, making 2014 the lowest March total …
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    Leading air traffic services provider, NATS, is conducting research into the use and benefits of Datalink in lower airspace – below FL285 (28,500ft) – using live flight trials between Bristol …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, has signed the latest in a series of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Refresher Training contracts with the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration (ROMATSA). …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, together with partners Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics, McLaren Applied Technologies and AVTECH Sweden AB, have won a capacity management contract with …
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    City Airport & Heliport and Mainair Flying School in Manchester are the latest recipients of the NATS Infringement Prevention Award thanks to their on-going efforts to cut pilot incursions into controlled airspace. …
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    NATS will continue to provide air traffic services and expertise at Cardiff Airport, after securing a five year contract with Cardiff International Airport Ltd. Signed on 31 January 2014, the contract provides aerodrome …
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    NATS air traffic controllers will be working as normal on 29 and 30 January, despite industrial action being planned for across Europe. Controllers and support staff at the two NATS centres at Swanwick, Hampshire …
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    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 …
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    NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year we handle 2.2 million flights and 220 million passengers in UK airspace. In addition to providing services to 15 …
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    Richard Deakin, Chief Executive of NATS, the UK based global provider of air traffic services, has today (19 December) announced a key appointment within the executive team of the company. Catherine Mason will …
  • Air Traffic Control Services #2

    There are just seven weeks left to submit views to consultation on future use of airspaceAirspace is set to change but local people have an early opportunity to influence where aircraft will flyNATS and Gatwick …
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    Best-In-Class winners take 1st and 2nd place awardsOut of 100 participants and 21 data providers from around the world NATS, Snowflake Software, and Harris Corporation have all earned ‘Best-In-Class’ awards in the EUROCONTROL sponsored SESAR …
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    NATS welcomes USS (The Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited) as shareholders and a member of the Airline Group and we look forward to working with USS representatives on the NATS Board. It is testament …
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    The environmental efficiency of UK airspace has improved over the last three months of the year, continuing a trend begun in the spring. NATS is unique in measuring the efficiency of the aircraft …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ award for 2013 by the Association for Project Management (APM). Presented at an awards ceremony …
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    14 week consultation seeks local feedback on airspace networkProgramme will modernise airspace to make the most of new technology NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, starts a consultation today, 15 October, …
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    +Update: Industrial action planned for 10 October by ATCEUC has been cancelled+ NATS air traffic controllers will be working as normal on 10 October, despite industrial action being planned across Europe. Controllers and support staff …
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    A 10 year programme to replace the UK’s radar network has been completed by NATS, the UK air traffic management company. The £164m infrastructure renewal project involved upgrading or replacing all of the UK’s …
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    A maths mentoring project established and operated by local employer, NATS has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Community Service/Development Project 2013’ category in the prestigious International Project Management Association Achievement …
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    NATS has received approval from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to operate as an Instrument Flight Procedure Design organisation.The IFP service certificate (IFP007) was awarded to NATS following a successful assessment against the …
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    The latest statistics from NATS show the environmental efficiency of UK airspace has improved over the past three months of the year. NATS gauges airspace efficiency using its 3Di metric, with every flight …
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    Tower transitioned at 1.17am Thursday 27 JuneNew tower stands 60 metres tall70 different systems support the air traffic control operation NATS successfully transitioned air traffic control services at Manchester Airport to the new £20m …
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    NATS, the UK’s foremost provider of air traffic services, has signed a contract to supply an advanced 10 position Radar Data Processing and Display System to TAG Farnborough Airport, Europe’s leading business …
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    NATS has launched an app to support general aviation pilots in the battle against airspace infringements. Flight Prepare screen NATS Flight Prepare, available for free on both iPad and iPhone, takes pilots through a …
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    Flights in UK airspace during March were held up by an average of just 0.1 seconds as a result of an air traffic control issue that could be attributed to NATS.The latest punctuality figures issued …
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    The first stage assessment for hopeful air traffic controllers is now a purely online affair, says NATS.The company expects that an online system, as opposed to a face-to-face assessment, will speed up the process, be …
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    NATS has today opened a special exhibition to showcase its expertise as a provider of air traffic services across the world. Business Secretary Vince Cable was among those to visit the exhibition being held at …
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    NATS has appointed Simon Daykin as its Chief Architect.Simon, currently Chief Technology Officer for IT solutions company Logicalis, will lead the work to ensure NATS’ systems align with its operational and business strategy, such as …
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    Last night (14 March), NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) were awarded the prestigious Transport Times London 2012 Transport Team Award for their partnership delivering safe, …
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    Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin paid a visit to the NATS’ air traffic control centre at Swanwick yesterday and was impressed by what he saw.Mr McLoughlin met with NATS CEO Richard Deakin to …
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    State-of-the-art training and simulation facilities are now available at TAG Farnborough Airport thanks to NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services. A tower approach and 3D aerodrome training system has been …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, is the first operator in the country to have future proofed its radar against interference from the 4G mobile network. The work …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading providing of air traffic management and solutions, has appointed Jonathan Astill as its new Director of International Strategy.Jonathan succeeds Alastair Muir, who was recently announced as the new Operations Director of …
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    Last year was the lowest on record for NATS-attributable air traffic control delays for passengers flying to and from destinations in the UK. Delays attributable to NATS averaged just 1.6 seconds per flight …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic solutions and airport performance, works with airports, airlines, ANSPs and governments around the world to help them deliver safe and efficient air traffic control …
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    From the start of the 2013 flying season, Frequency Reference Cards will be available to pilots exclusively as a digital download. The downloadable cards are replacing the traditional hard copy versions which are being withdrawn. …
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    Heathrow, in partnership with HACAN, NATS and British Airways, has launched a new trial to test whether creating ‘noise relief zones’ for communities under the flight path could ease disturbance for residents. On average, …
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    NATS, a global provider of air traffic services and solutions, has launched its Middle East website to demonstrate its strong commitment to the region, which represents a growth market for its operations. The …
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    Richard Deakin, NATS CEO and Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton Airport sign the contract. NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has won the contract to provide services to …
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    NATS attributable air traffic delays in the UK during the three months of the Olympic Games were almost 87 per cent down on the same period during 2011. And the delay that was …
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      Aerobility, a charity that gives terminally ill and disabled people the chance to fly, has unveiled its latest aircraft – donated thanks to the fund raising efforts of employees …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has signed a contract to lead a pioneering project trialling environmentally ‘perfect’ transatlantic flights.The project, entitled TOPFLIGHT, will look to put into operational practice …
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    A consortium led by communications and information technology company Harris Corporation – which includes NATS’ American subsidiary, NATS Inc – has won the $331 million FAA Data Communication Integrated Services (DCIS) contract.The seven year contract, …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has signed a deal with Bournemouth International Airport to provide medical assessments to its air traffic controllers.The deal marks the first time that NATS, …
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    Garry Jackson and Colin Mooney accept the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has won a Gold award in the prestigious Royal …
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    Richard Deakin with Theresa VilliersAviation Minister Theresa Villiers was at Swanwick this week to see how air traffic controllers at NATS and the MOD have been preparing for the Olympic Games.On top of the 6000 …
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    NATS, a global leader in air traffic services and solutions, has been awarded a contract to conduct an airport capacity study at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport. The contract will run …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic solutions company, has been appointed to fit out the new control tower at Birmingham Airport. Birmingham Airport Ltd confirmed the appointment of NATS to install the air traffic …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has signed a contract to extend service provision at Gatwick Airport for a further two years.Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest …
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    NATS, the leading air traffic control organisation, is to implement a multi-million pound project to transfer all its desktop IT services to a cloud-based infrastructure.  By creating a secure, virtual desktop environment …
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    NATS, a global leader in innovative air traffic solutions and airport performance, has published the first electronic Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Amendment, rendered entirely from digitally managed data. The AIP, …
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    NATS has become the first air traffic service provider to be certified against PAS 55, the international Asset Management standard, for its en-route operations. The independent certification, awarded by Lloyd’s Register, demonstrates …
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    NATS has been praised at the world’s premier air traffic control exhibition for its work to develop a low-cost, effective tool to help private flyers avoid infringing controlled airspace. The device, called Aware, …
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    The effect of the severe winter weather and the ash cloud contributed to a 4.3 per cent decrease in the number of aircraft in UK controlled airspace last year. For the calendar year …
  • NATS - Air Traffic Control Services

    The latest airport to benefit from EFPS is Glasgow, following Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The system provides increased efficiency, reducing workload through information sharing and helping to streamline operations.While EFPS has been live at the main …
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    NATS, the UK’s major air traffic services provider, said it would accept price control proposals for its En Route and Oceanic businesses, published today by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  NATS’ consent …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control company, has announced that it is on course to achieve its ground-breaking emission reduction programme as it reports annual savings of 50,000 tonnes of CO2. …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, today released figures showing a 0.3% decline in air traffic movements in UK airspace in September 2010, compared with September 2009.  The decrease is …
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    More than 130 air traffic controllers and support staff have completed the successful move from Manchester to Ayrshire as the new £180m Prestwick Centre enters full operational service today. The last stage of …
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    Consultants from NATS Services have been working with their partners in South African air traffic control to reshape procedures at one of the country’s main airports to ensure thousands of extra flights …
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    NATS (En Route) plc (NERL), a subsidiary of NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, has today published its 10 Year Business Plan (2011-2020), in accordance with the requirements of its …
  • NATS - Air Traffic Control Services

    Britain’s aviation industry has come together to reach an important environmental milestone, turning the normal Saturday evening service from Heathrow to Edinburgh into the UK’s first “perfect flight”. Every factor within the journey …
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    NATS Services has signed a contract with the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Transport to deliver a far-reaching project that will fundamentally redesign its airspace in order to increase capacity, efficiency and …
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    NATS hosted Air Commodore ‘Ginge’ Crayford (Assistant Chief of Staff Battlespace Management at Headquarters Air Command) today at its Swanwick Operations Centre in Hampshire, following the successful completion, three years ahead of …
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    Monday 21 Dec 2009 He is Richard Deakin, aged 45, Senior Vice President, Air …
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    NATS, the UK’s leading airspace navigation service provider, has announced today that there will be no second Terminal Control North (TCN) consultation on revised air routes until at least September 2010.The decision to postpone a …
  • NATS News - Septmeber 7, 2009

    NATS, the UK’s air navigation service provider, and Oil & Gas UK, are launching today a new system which will improve offshore flight safety. North Sea Multilateration will allow controllers to see helicopters on their …
  • World's first approved remote ATC contingency facility unveiled

    NATS Services Ltd (NSL) has developed and put into service the world’s first full safety certified remote airport contingency control room that can keep flights moving through Heathrow airport in the event of a serious …
  • July figures show rate of decline is slowing

    The rate of decrease for the reduction in flights in UK controlled airspace dropped to single figures for July, according to statistics published today.NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, showed a fall …
  • NATS News - July 27, 2009

    NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation service provider, has reported a strong set of financial results for the year ended 31 March 2009.  The group also maintained its safety record, provided customers with good operational …
  • NATS News - June 2009

    The project to transform Europe’s airspace and its management by 2020 has successfully reached a critical new stage.NATS is one of six air navigation service providers (ANSPs) which have joined together to achieve the goals …
  • NATS - News April 2009

    Andy Lord has been appointed to the Board of NATS Holdings Ltd as a non-executive director.He was chosen by the Airline Group, a consortium of seven airlines which together hold a 42 per cent share …
  • NATS - News April 2009

    The number of flights in March decreased by nearly nine per cent compared to the same month last year.Figures released by the UK’s leading air traffic company, NATS, suggest that the early Easter break in …

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