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NATS records airport traffic decline

Traffic at UK airports declined 0.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, new figures have revealed.

Traffic at UK airports declined 0.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, new figures have revealed.

This is according to National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which reported that traffic fell in all UK airspace regions apart from Oceanic Area Control, which covers the eastern half of the northern Atlantic.

Here, the number of flights increased by 1.2 percent from 36,961 to 37,404. Elsewhere, London Area Control recorded its one millionth flight on August 2nd. Last year, by contrast, this figure was reached on July 21st.

A five percent decline in transatlantic arrivals and departures was also recorded, while NATS revealed that the number of transatlantic overflights had fallen by four percent.

Last month, NATS revealed that traffic at the country’s airports had fallen 0.6 percent in July compared to the corresponding month in 2009.

However, a 3.3 percent increase in transatlantic overflights was recorded despite the overall picture being a negative one.

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