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It has to be a co-incidence that our recently elected MPs broke up for the long Summer recess yesterday and are already flying out to their holiday retreats and no doubt more bottles of warm Prosecco....
It is however correct that ATC is pressing for a drastic rethink and update in the way aircraft are guided across UK controlled airspace, and this will put the airport and environmental protesters, and those in favour of extended airways and air corridor expansion at loggerheads.
In the meantime, Government has launched a consultation to look at the whole ATC question and its development over the next 30 years, however some say this is just a fudge, to get over the problems thrown up by Brexit and the ending of the EU section of the 'open skies' agreement.
Of course when this was all set up, no one had remotely ever considered the UK leaving the European Union, and the implications of Brexit.
It is hoped that - Brexit willing - the consultation will shape the UK's aviation industry for the next 30 years. To put it in context Air traffic controllers expect to manage a record 770,000 flights in UK airspace over the summer - 40,000 more than last year.
But the ability of the UK's National Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) to deal with this surge is being stretched to the limit, it is claimed.
NATNOTE: NATS is a public private partnership between the Airline Group***, which holds 42%, NATS staff who hold 5%, UK airport operator LHR Airports Limited with 4%, and the government which holds 49%, and a golden share.
*** The Airline Group comprises:
- USS Sherwood Limited
- British Airways PLC
- Pension Protection Fund
- easyJet Airline Company Limited
- Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
- Deutsche Lufthansa AG
- Thomson Airways Limited
- Thomas Cook Airlines Limited
UK flights handled as of 16:20 hrs Friday
- Departed today 2,653
- Landed today 2,248
- Currently airborne 548
- Handled yesterday 8,124
Source: BBCNews, CAA, NATS,CNS,
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