Huffpost Travel

This Is What One Day In European Air Traffic Looks Like

Posted: Updated:

On any given day in July, Europe sees about 30,000 flights in its airspace, each of which needs to be routed to, from, and around other areas.

To give that task a sense of scale, United Kingdom-based National Air Traffic Services has animated every single flight path into a two-minute long time-lapse. The material was collected from U.K. radar data from June 21, 2013 and European flight plan information from July 28, 2013, according to a release that accompanies the clip.

The result is an astounding tribute to the intricate dance directed by air traffic controllers on a daily basis. Corridors to and from North America and around Heathrow, for example, are particularly frenetic.

NATS jokes that, for most people, the "choreography ... is entirely unnoticed - it quite literally goes over their heads."

Watch the full video below:

Europe 24 from NATS on Vimeo.

Around the Web

Video: Air traffic timelapse: mesmerising visualisation of plane-filled ...

Timelapse video shows air traffic in Europe - AOL Travel UK

30,000 flights covering 25 million miles: Beautiful video reveals an ...