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Mesmerizing Video Shows 24 Hours Of Flight Paths Over Europe

•, John Metcalfe
The short animation depicts 24 hours of flight data extracted from one period in July, 2013. Planes launch over the Atlantic from North America like rockets spewing blue fire; they eventually join a scrambling hive of activity swirling over Europe's various airports. Glowing nodules depict especially active hubs near London – like Heathrow, the busiest international airport on the Continent, and Gatwick, said to be the most efficient single-runway airport in existence.
Just how many flights are typically whizzing over Europe? Including business aviation and all-cargo journeys, it's about 26,000 flights a day by 2010 calculations, according to EUROCONTROL. In the U.K., a big chunk of this volume is handled by the air traffic-control company NATS, which made this visualization. The workers at NATS typically handle more than 6,000 flights a day.


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