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Belfast International Airport renews its contract with NATS to supply air traffic control services

Published: 22 July 2013

Belfast International Airport has reappointed NATS to provide air traffic control services at Belfast International Airport.

NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, will provide air traffic services on the site for the next five years as well as an ‘en route service’  for all air traffic flying through the Belfast area.

Mike Stoller, NATS Operations Director, Airports, visited Belfast International Airport to meet its Managing Director John Doran and Operations Director Alan Whiteside. Stoller said: “We are delighted to be continuing our close and long-standing relationship with Belfast International Airport.  It shows that we can be successful in offering a competitive and valuable service for our airport customers. High quality air traffic management is vital for the safe, smooth and efficient running of any airport, helping to minimise delays while maximising available capacity. NATS has years of experience in providing exactly that.”

In 2012, Belfast International  Airport carried over 4.3 million passengers with NATS controllers handling around 60,000 flights

John Doran, Managing Director of Belfast International  Airport, said: “Our congratulations to NATS for winning the contract to provide air traffic services at Belfast International, we look forward to building on our good working relationship to ensure the continued safe and efficient running of air traffic services at the airport.”

John Doran, managing director, Belfast international Airport is pictured with Mike Stoller, NATS director of operations, Airports and (l-r) Alan Whiteside, director of operations Belfast international Airport, Andy Irvine, NATS’ Group Engineering Manager and Michael Cockcroft, Acting General manager, Belfast NATS


As well as handling 2.1 million flights a year and providing services to 15 UK airports, NATS also works in more than 30 countries around the world, with staff based in the USA, Spain, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. There is more information on the NATS website at 

Belfast International Airport is Northern Ireland’s principal airport, handling over 4.3 million passengers each year to over 70 destinations.

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