A visualization showing just how thick air traffic is over Europe

Using real flight data from a single summer day, air traffic solutions company NATS has created a stunning and revealing data visualization showing just how incredibly busy the air traffic is above Europe at any given time.

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The UK's Heathrow is the busiest international airport in Europe, while Gatwick is home to the busiest single runway airport in the world. Here's the visualization in all it's glory:

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DISCUSSION

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Corpore Metal

It's a shrinking planet.

But I do wonder how much of this air traffic is tourism, versus immigration, versus moving time-sensitive freight around. I ask because I wonder how much of it can be eliminated by futuristic technologies like telepresense ("Walk the French Riviera in a robot surrogate!") or onsite manufacturing (street corner mini-factories and super 3d fabricators.)