Overview - January-September 2017

Traffic Traffic

In the first nine months of 2017, air traffic in the EUROCONTROL area (ESRA08) grew on average by 4.3% which corresponds to 1199 additional flights per day. At the same time, average daily en-route service units (SU) grew by 6.6% between January and September 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.

Pan-European traffic and the traffic from and to Europe showed substantial growth in the first nine months of 2017. The main driver of the observed traffic growth remained the low cost traffic segment, followed by traditional scheduled traffic.

With the exception of Avinor (Norway), all Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) reported a traffic increase in the first nine months of 2017. In absolute terms, DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), DFS (Germany), NATS (UK), and Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) reported the highest traffic growth between January and September 2017.

Safety Safety

The safety data is only available in April/May each year.

The latest overview on accidents and ATM-related incidents is available online.

For a more detailed review of ANS safety performance in the EUROCONTROL area please see also Chapter 2 of Performance Review Report 2016.

Operations En-route Operations En-route

In the first nine months of 2017, total en-route ATFM delays in the EUROCONTROL area decreased by 3.8% compared to the same period in 2016. At the same time, the number of flights increased by +4.3%, resulting in an average en-route ATFM delay of 1.0 minutes per flight which is the same level as in the first nine months of 2016.

Although average en-route ATFM delay stayed at a similar level, there was a notable change in the underlying delay reasons. Whereas capacity/staffing and weather related delays increased further in the first nine months of 2017, there was a notable reduction in ATC disruption/industrial actions and events (ATC system upgrades) linked to performance improvements in France.

Overall, 90.8% of the controlled flights in the EUROCONTROL area were not affected by ATFM delays between January and September 2017. Compared to 2016, the share of flights affected by en-route ATFM delays increased by 0.6 percent points to 6.1%. At the same time, the share of flights affected by airport ATFM delays stayed at the same level as in 2016 (3.2%).

In the first nine months of 2017, average en-route delay per flight was highest in Cyprus (mainly staffing and capacity related), followed by DSNA/France (capacity, strike and weather related) and Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre/MUAC (capacity and weather related).

Despite the continued increase in traffic in 2017, horizontal flight efficiency improved compared to the same period last year. The efficiency of actual flight trajectories increased from 97.1% in 2016 to 97.3% in 2017.

Operations at airports Operations Airport

Amsterdam airport remained the airport with the highest number of commercial movements in the first nine months in 2017.
The two Istanbul airports and Rome Fiumicino showed the highest decrease in traffic between January and September 2017.
The highest growth was observed at Lisbon, Warsaw, Manchester and Milan Malpensa.

Average airport arrival ATFM delay at the top 30 airports between January and September 2017 was just below the level in 2016. In the first nine months of 2017 there was a notable increase in weather related airport arrival ATFM delay which offset the decrease in capacity related ATFM delay.
Amsterdam and London Gatwick airport showed the highest increase in airport arrival ATFM delay and the two Istanbul airports and Paris Orly showed the most notable reduction of average airport arrival ATFM delays in the first nine months of 2017.

Economics Economics

Due to data availability, this section is only updated on an annual basis.

The latest overview on ANS economic cost-effectiveness is available online.

For a more detailed review of ANS safety performance in the EUROCONTROL area please see also Chapter 5 of Performance Review Report 2016.