NATS appoints new Director of Prestwick control centre

Air traffic control services provider, NATS, has appointed Martin Donnan as the Director of its Prestwick control centre.

As Director, Donnan will be accountable for the daily operational activity of the Ayrshire-based centre, which is responsible for handling 80% of North Atlantic air traffic, as well as traffic over Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England.

In his previous role as General Manager Donnan oversaw a number of exciting projects at the centre – most notably the introduction of a revolutionary safety and capacity tool called iTEC, as well as changes to the Oceanic operation. In 2017, Prestwick centre saw its busiest year ever with more than 1.3 million air traffic movements.

Donnan said: “Over the last two years as General Manager I have had the opportunity to see Prestwick at its very best – a busy operational unit that delivers on its commitments to its airline customers and airports.

“Against a backdrop of unprecedented increases in traffic, the whole Prestwick team can take credit for a string of successes, all while supporting and delivering a great operational service every day.”

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to take on this role as the unit prepares for its next challenges. Prestwick is Europe’s transatlantic gateway and with more people making the Atlantic crossing, the NATS purpose of advancing aviation and keeping the skies safe becomes essential.

“I look forward to playing my part in the centre’s future success.”

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