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This Beautiful Video Shows The Incredible Number Of Flights Over London Every Day

The clip was released as debate continues over how to increase the UK's airport capacity. On Monday a group of protesters were arrested for closing down a runway at Heathrow.

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Air traffic management company NATS has released a video showing the number of flights over London and the southeast of England in an average 24-hour period.

This is what the flights in and out of Heathrow airport look like every day.


And this is what it looks like with Gatwick's flights added.


And Luton's.


And Stansted's, and London City's.


And all the air traffic.


NATS released the video last week as the debate continues over what action to take to increase the UK's airport capacity.

On Wednesday, the Airports Commission recommended that a third runway be built at Heathrow.

Today, climate change activists chained themselves together at the airport to protest against the expansion plans.

As a result, 13 flights were cancelled after the northern runway was closed for almost three hours, the BBC reported.

3 double sets of arm locks at the base of tripod in the middle of the runway at #heathrow #keepitontheground

Thirteen protesters have been arrested on suspicion of Aviation Act offences and taken into custody, the Metropolitan police said.

Still smiling on the runway. Happy to be taking action on airport expansion and climate change. #NoThirdRunway

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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