This centre started operating in January 2002, when it began handling aircraft flying over England and Wales. The operations room in Swanwick combines:
- London Area Control Centre (LACC), whichmanages en route traffic in the London Flight Information Region. This includes en route airspace over England and Wales up to the Scottish border.
- London Terminal Control Centre (LTCC), whichhandles traffic below 24,500 feet flying to or from London’s airports. This area, one of the busiest in Europe, extends south and east towards the coast, west towards Bristol and north to near Birmingham.
- Military Air Traffic Control. Military controllers provide services to civil and military aircraft operating outside controlled airspace. They work closely with civilian controllers to ensure safe co-ordination of traffic.