Bri­tain set to break record amid get­aways

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — Bri­tain is poised to han­dle a record num­ber of flights in its in­creas­ingly crowded skies as most schools break up for the sum­mer and fam­i­lies head off for sun­nier climes.

The NATS air traf­fic con­trol agency said it ex­pects to han­dle some 8,800 flights Fri­day.

Of­fi­cials say the num­ber of flights should break the record of 8,732 flights on May 23, 2008 un­less foul weather forces a num­ber of can­cel­la­tions.

NATS di­rec­tor Jamie Hutchi­son says air traf­fic is grow­ing faster than had been fore­cast. Though the air traf­fic sys­tem is near­ing ca­pac­ity, he says it is well-po­si­tioned to han­dle the scale of Fri­day’s flights.

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