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Paul Haskins - Articles and news items

CAA approves reclassification of London Control Zone

Airport news  •  29 May 2014  •  NATS

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today approved a proposal by NATS to reclassify the airspace around Heathrow Airport...

Air Traffic Controllers prepare for busiest days of the year for Olympics getaway

Airport news  •  10 August 2012  •  NATS

Air Traffic Controllers are expecting their busiest days of the year...

An Olympic effort

Issue 4 2012  •  3 August 2012  •  Paul Haskins, NATS General Manager, London Terminal Control

The London 2012 Olympic Games presents a series of significant challenges for air traffic control in the UK, but NATS has been planning and preparing for this event for the past four years.The Games – the Olympics and the Paralympics – will be the single biggest aircraft movement event the UK has ever seen. Tens of thousands more visitors are expected to flock to the UK, along with dozens of Heads of State, the huge games family and significant numbers of business jet movements. The Games promises to be a major challenge for the UK’s leading air traffic control company.Among the challenges we are facing are:Flights for 500,000 overseas spectators and ‘Games family’ members; 150 Heads of State flights; 700 additional commercial flights; 3,000 additional business jet movements; 1,500 helicopter movements into London per day; Mix of traffic including TV broadcast, commercial, private and security-related flights; New airspace procedures and routes introduced for the Olympic period; Security Airspace/restrictions covering South East England.


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