An Entire Day Of All Of Europe’s Air Travel, Visualised

This stunning video shows all the flights that cross Europe on a typical day. Beautifully animated, it really provides a great insight into the intensity of modern air travel.

It was created by NATS, one of the UK’s air traffic control providers. Paul Beauchamp, from NATS, explains how it was made:

It’s an amalgamation of two data sources — UK radar data from 21 June and European flight plan information from 28 July — and it clearly highlights the structure of airspace across the continent. A few highlights include the North Atlantic tracks that connect Europe with North America, the airways that run up the spine of the UK, the holding stacks at London’s capacity stretched airports and the military manoeuvres off Anglesey in Wales.

All told, it’s a mesmerising display of data which I could sit and watch all day long. [NATS via Digg]