Olympic Exodus To Begin


It’s been three years in the planning for NATS, and next week it will all be over. The company says next week will be the busiest for its air traffic controllers as the Olympic exodus begins.

The departure of spectators and Olympic families after Sunday’s closing ceremony “will mean a significant level of demand on flights in the first few days of next week.”

Throughout the period of the games, more than 9,000 business and general aviation slots have been booked for airports in the south east of England. That’s 3,000 more than during a normal summer in England.

Next week’s surge will be manageable, according to Paul Hoskins, NATS’ General Manager for London Terminal Control. “So far everything has gone according to plan and as we expected. There is no reason to suggest that the post-closing ceremony traffic will be other than what we are expecting.”

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