Will air traffic controllers be able to cope with rising traffic levels?
Safety is our first priority. The air traffic control system has procedures such that if traffic levels rise to a certain level, restrictions are imposed to stop further aircraft entering the congested area until such time as traffic levels have reduced to manageable levels. This is (in very simple terms) how safe levels of traffic are maintained. These restrictions cause aircraft to be held on the ground, which causes delays to flights. NATS has a good record of reducing delays over recent years. The LAMP project is an example of how NATS, Gatwick and London City Airports are being proactive in order to avoid an increase in delays that will occur if nothing is done now.
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