Aviation services

A range of forecasting services designed to help reduce the impact of the weather on aviation operations.

Weather is one of the greatest hazards to aviation, which means that making correct and timely decisions are important to keeping schedules and maintaining safety.

Better forecasts

Internationally renowned for our meticulous standards of weather forecasts, data and research, we provide help and guidance to some of the biggest names in aviation.

Better safety

We help the aviation industry to make vital safety-critical decisions. Our worldwide coverage and accurate, up-to-the-minute advice promotes safety and efficiencies across the entire aviation industry. We advise a range of customers - from the largest international airlines and air traffic control service providers, to offshore helicopters and private pilots.

We:

  • are one of only two World Area Forecast Centres (WAFC) providing high-level weather information for the entire globe;
  • are one of only nine Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres (VAAC) worldwide;
  • operate the SAtellite DIStribution (SADIS) system for commercial airlines and more than 120 countries.

Closer to home, we provide expert advice, research and guidance to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic services (NATs). Our services are vital for safety-critical decision-making - both at the planning stage and while in the air. With such an extensive range of meteorological knowledge and services on offer, you can count on the Met Office to keep your passengers and operations safe.

Better efficiency

What's more, we'll also aid you in the search for commercial efficiencies. Our bespoke weather information, provided direct to airlines, airports and air traffic control centres, leads to:

  • savings in time and money;
  • increased airfield capacity through better mitigation of weather effects;
  • improved route planning;
  • streamlined fuel costs;
  • reduced delays;
  • cost-effective and timely runway and taxi maintenance;
  • better planning of staffing requirements;
  • increased passenger satisfaction.

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Last updated: 28 March 2014

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