Flying into or through London in the next two weeks? The city’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports—its two largest—will see marginally reduced traffic and likely delays as part of the London Terminal Control Centre’s transition to a digital air traffic control system. Specifically, the city’s controllers will begin using digital “strips” in place of the paper strips they’ve used for years (see video below).
As Sky News writes, “arrivals at Heathrow will be limited to 80% of maximum capacity for 10 days from [last] Wednesday – with average delays of 20 minutes expected. For the following 10 days, the airport will be limited to 90% of its maximum capacity. The NATS spokesperson added: ‘Travellers could be delayed by around 20 minutes on flights bound for Heathrow and Gatwick. There may also be minor delays into Stansted, Luton and London City. It will mainly affect arrivals at the two airports [Heathrow and Gatwick], although some take-offs [at Stansted, Luton and London City] may also be delayed.'”
For more on what the new technology is and how it works, see the video below (and the NATS blog here):
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