Aviation preparations for the 2012 Olympics

by lmallernee | July 6th, 2012

July 6, 2012

For the past four years, NATS has been preparing for the London Olympic Games, reports The Gazette. Recently, the Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers visited Swanwick, which is NATS’ center, to see how air traffic controllers have been preparing for the 2012 Games.

NATS normally handles 6,000 flights a day. During the Olympics, it expects to handle 3,000 extra flights, with 150 flights carrying heads of state and 1500 additional helicopter flights.

Along with the Ministry of Defence, NATS will manage restricted areas of airspace over London.

“The Olympics is one of the biggest events this country will ever host and with the eyes of the world firmly fixed upon the UK, it’s vital we get it right.

Villiers said, “The amount of planning and professionalism that I’ve seen at NATS is very impressive. I am confident that this will help us meet the challenges we will face in the weeks ahead as we welcome thousands of visitors to what I am sure will be a great sporting spectacle.”

Richard Deakin, NATS Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Olympics is going to be a huge challenge for NATS, but we’re really aiming for ‘business as usual’ in terms of the service our customers will receive.”

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