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Olympics airspace a success

Over 10,000 aircraft were handled by London's Atlas control during the main Olympics.

The main airspace security for the London Olympics was removed at midnight on 15/16 August - marking the end of one of the largest airspace changes ever in the UK.

The CAA says that pilots adapted extremely well throughout the period of the restrictions and, in general, showed a high level of professionalism and responsibility.

During the 33 days of restrictions the military Atlas Control providing service within the Restricted Zone successfully handled over 10,000 aircraft and nearly 20,000 flight plans.

At no time did Atlas reach its capacity - perhaps helped by poor weather during much of the period.

There were13 minor infringements of the restricted airspace, resulting in three pilots having their licences provisionally suspended and one flying instructor having his instructor's rating provisionally suspended - all are under investigation.

A smaller set of airspace restrictions will remain to protect the main Paralympics sites until 12 September, with various shorter-term airspace restrictions covering other venues.

Details are available from the CAA below.

  • 23 August 2012
  • GANG

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