This data visualization of Air Traffic in Europe was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe - an operation which runs 24x7x365.
NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world, the UK plays a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European airspace is as safe and efficient as it can be.
The question and the elephant in the skies is of course how much fossil fuel is burned and converted into carbon dioxide by aviation globally on a daily basis? For those of us that live on small low lying islands (SIDS) the outcome will be disasterous as our homes will eventually be submerged by rising sea level. Editor