The acronym NATS stands for the National Air Traffic Services, which is the leading air navigation service provider in the United Kingdom, founded back in 1962 as a way to merge the UK’s existing military and civil Air Traffic Control services.
NATS has two main functions, it provides air traffic control services to 14 UK airports and it oversees en-route air traffic control to the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area & the UK Flight Information Regions.
NATS is headquartered in Whiteley and employs over 4,500 employees made up of ATCOs, ATSAs, ATCEs, STARs and administrative staff.
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