NATS - Middle East 24 air traffic visualization

This animation was produced by 422 South for NATS – the UK-based global air traffic management company. Based on real flight data, it shows 24 hours of traffic into, out of and over the increasingly congested Middle East airspace.
It shows approximately three thousand flights and is taken from a period spanning 4am to 4am (UAE Time Zone) across the 28th and 29th of November 2013. NATS says ‘The region has experienced incredible growth in air traffic over recent years. In fact Dubai has recently overtaken Heathrow as the world’s busiest international airport and at its current rate of growth is projected to handle nearly 100 million passengers per year by 2020. Whilst the growth is exciting, the airspace is becoming increasingly congested. Airspace is a critically important structural and economic asset for a country and just like other assets needs careful management to get the most value from it. Airports will only ever be as efficient as the airspace that serves them and the Middle East will undoubtedly need to address the capacity challenge it faces to fulfil its true potential.
Find out more on NATS blog at nats.aero/blog/2014/04/time-secure-gulfs-aviation-future/ and on their Middle East website at nats.aero/me.’

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