Russian and Brazilian ATC delegates take note of Games plan

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Russian and Brazilian observers have been monitoring the UK airspace operation during the Olympic Games in London in order to prepare their own strategies for their own corresponding events.

UK air traffic service NATS states that London traffic increased by 3.5% over several days, and that the rise peaked at 4.5%, but the restrictive measures put in place for the airspace hugely reduced total delays.

It says delay attributable to the service was down by more than 95% to 593min during the Games. Temporary airspace restrictions were in place from 14 July to 15 August.

"The years of planning and training certainly paid off and it could not have gone more smoothly," says NATS managing director Martin Rolfe. "We have already been approached by countries scheduled to hold the Games in the near future to understand how NATS can support them in the challenges they face."

NATS says delegations from Brazilian and Russian air traffic control observed developments over the Games period. The Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 while the next Summer Games will be in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Farnborough and Biggin Hill airports were respectively 16% and 19% busier on peak days.