Anyone worried about flying over the millennium period can breathe a sigh of relief - the UK aviation industry is ready for the Year 2000.
The UK airlines, airports and traffic control service has passed its independent Year 2000 assessment, confirmed the Civil Aviation Authority. It is now ready to provide a "business as usual" service over the millennium.
The assessment covered the UK's 11 main airlines - Air 2000, Airtours, KLM UK, Britannia Airways, British Airways, British Midland, Caledonian Airways, Channel Express, Flying Colours Airlines, Monarch Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways - BAA and Manchester Airports and the National Air Traffic Services.
This has confirmed that all of the UK's major aviation organisations are now ready to continue to provide a safe service.
"The Civil Aviation Authority is pleased with this outcome," the chairman of the CAA, Sir Malcolm Field, said today. "It reflects the considerable effort which all of the assessed organisations have invested in ensuring a safe and smooth transition over the millennium period."
Internationally, the emerging global picture indicates that international aviation is well placed and on track to achieve compliance.
Demand for air travel over the millennium date change is expected to be low, as over all New Year nights, and many airlines have set their schedules accordingly.
As usual, prospective passengers who need further information should contact their travel agent, tour operator and/or airline. People can also check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before they travel to or from other countries.
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