NATS Records First Day with Zero Westbound North Atlantic Tracks

03/16/2021

There was no fanfare or fireworks, but last Tuesday was a significant day in the history of transatlantic air travel.

For the first time in decades and possibly since its inception (we’re trying to work out exactly when, but at least the 1960s) there were no westbound tracks across the North Atlantic.

You might have seen my blog post last month about our intention to do away with the Organised Track Structure (OTS) across the North Atlantic on days when the current low levels of traffic allow. The aim is to understand what benefits doing so permanently could offer to our airline customers in terms of greater flexibility or reduced fuel burn and carbon emissions.

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