NATS and Manchester Airport Group (MAG) have announced the signing of a new ten year contract for the provision of air traffic control, Both Manchester and Stansted Airport already has an existing relationship with NATs with the new contract due to commence on the 1st April 2015.
MAG has invested heavily in its air traffic operations over the past few years, With opening of the new £20 million pound control tower, the second largest in the UK for which NATS installed 70 operating systems to support air traffic operations.
Manchester airport handles 21 million passenger each year and London Stansted 18 Million annually ,being the third and fourth largest in the UK respectively.
Andrew Cowan, Chief Operating Officer for MAG, said: “NATS is highly regarded within the aviation industry and has a proven track record when it comes to aircraft and passenger safety, which is our shared priority. We believe that NATS is best placed to deliver a modern and efficient air traffic control service for our two largest airports. Both Manchester and Stansted are growing rapidly and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship and growing a positive future for our airports.”
Mike Stoller, Director of Operations (Airports) at NATS, said: “Having worked with MAG and both airports for a number of years, we are looking forward to continuing our relationship and supporting MAG to achieve their growth ambitions in the future. We will be working in partnership with MAG to build on the safe and resilient service we provide today with innovative air traffic management solutions for their business going forward. Both airports have ambitious growth goals and we will work closely with MAG to ensure that increased air traffic movements and passenger numbers, can be successfully realised.
NATS is the leading air traffic provider for the UK handling 2.2 million flights in 2013/2014, NATS cover the UK and the north Atlantic and have contracts to supply air traffic control in over 30 other countries.