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Air Traffic Time-Lapse Captures How Insanely Busy And Beautiful Flying Over Europe Is

03/14/2014 01:49 EDT | Updated 03/14/2014 02:59 EDT

Now here's a view you won't get from any window seat.

The National Air Traffic Services (NATS), an air-traffic control group based in the United Kingdom, has released a time-lapse video using data from a typical summer's day. The result? A 24-hour snap shot crammed into less than two minutes.

Using U.K. radar data from June of last year and European flight plan info from July, NATS gives flyers a little perspective to the volume air traffic control has to deal with while passengers are up in the air or on waiting for their flight on the ground.

"Airspace might be the invisible infrastructure, but it is every bit as important as the road, rail and utility networks we all rely on everyday. It is the lifeblood of our island economy, connecting the U.K. to the rest of the world," Paul Beauchamp, a spokesperson for the agency wrote on their blog.

According to the video, which has been sped up 1,440 times faster than real-time, some 30,000 flights fly over European airspace —many of them from North America and into the corridors that connect to Gatwick International or London Heathrow

You can watch the magic unfold in the video below:

Europe 24 from NATS on Vimeo.

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