Traffic in UK airspace declined by 0.6 percent in July compared to the same month last year, figures from National Air Traffic Services (NATS) have revealed.
While the news was generally negative, NATS did record a 3.3 percent rise in the number of transatlantic overflights.
Meanwhile, the organisation’s millionth flight was handled on July 1st, a little under two weeks than last year when it was handled on June 19th.
Other notable statistics was that Farnborough Airport recorded a 15.3 percent traffic increase in July compared to the same month in 2009, a rise that can be mainly attributed to the Farnborough Airshow.
NATS also revealed that the Oceanic Area Control Centre, which handles traffic in Northern Atlantic airspace, managed 1,432 movements on July 21st – a new daily record.
Last month, NATS revealed that flight delays related to air traffic had reached an all-time low.
Delays that could be attributable to NATS fell to just 4.3 seconds per flight, which compared favourably to 19.3 seconds last year.