It may be that there has been no change to the airspace structure and yet aircraft are flying in different
Some reasons for this include:
This can affect which direction aircraft approach the airport from. For example the UK’s prevailing wind is from
the southwest. But if the wind comes from the east and is above a certain speed then you may see more aircraft on
different routes on that day.
As the UK economy grew in 2014, that summer was busier than the summer before. When there is more aviation traffic
the decisions air traffic controllers take to tactically vector aircraft to get them into and out of airports in the
most efficient way (determined by traffic levels and the weather) change.
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