The NATS Swanwick Centre, near Fareham in Hampshire is one of the largest and most advanced air traffic control centres in the world. It entered operational service on 27 January 2002 when it began handling aircraft flying over England and Wales.
Providing air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, and over the eastern part of the north Atlantic, NATS handles some 2.2 million flights carrying around 200 million passengers each year.
The £632m Swanwick facility controls 200,000 square miles of airspace above England and Wales, among the busiest and most complex in the world. “Safety is NATS’ first and foremost priority but they also aim to provide their service in an efficient and cost-effective way,” explains Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS. “The operation we have at the Swanwick Centre houses en route and terminal control operation rooms for the skies above Wales and much of southern England. It is the ideal positioning for our responsibility of tower and approach airport traffic services at 15 of the UK’s major airports.”
“NATS is also one the Hampshire’s major employers with over 2500 staff based at the Swanwick Centre, our business demands high skills and the county’s workforce delivers them.”