Overview - January-June 2017

Traffic Traffic

In the first six months of 2017, air traffic in the EUROCONTROL area (ESRA08) grew on average by 4.1% which corresponds to 1069 additional flights per day. At the same time, average daily en-route service units (SU) grew by 6.5% between January and June 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.

As was the case in 2016 and in Q1 2017, the Pan-European low cost traffic segment remained the main driver of the observed traffic growth.

With the exception of Avinor (Norway), all Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) reported a traffic increase in the first half of 2017. In absolute terms, DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), NATS (UK), DFS (Germany), and Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) reported the highest traffic growth in the first half of 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 half of 2017, total en-route ATFM delays in the EUROCONTROL area decreased by 28% compared to the same period in 2016. As a result, average en-route ATFM delay per flight decreased from 0.92 in 2016 to 0.64 in the first six months of 2017.

The main reasons for the en-route ATFM delay reduction in 2017 were substantially lower strike related delays and less delays due to events such as the ERATO implementation in France in 2016. It is worth pointing out that, at the same time, capacity related delays increased in 2017.

Overall, 95.3% of the controlled flights in the EUROCONTROL area were not affected by ATFM delays in the first half of 2017. Compared to 2016, the share of flights affected by en-route ATFM delays decreased by 2.2 percent points to 2.3%. At the same time, the share of flights affected by airport ATFM delays decreased from 3.0% in 2016 to 2.4% in the first half of 2017.

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

Despite the continued increase in traffic in the first half of 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 was the aiport with the highest number of commercial movements in the first six months in 2017.
The two Istanbul airports and Rome Fiumicino showed the highest decrease in traffic between January and June 2017.
The highest growth was observed for Brussels airport followed by Lisbon, Manchester, and Warsaw.

In the first half of 2017, average airport arrival ATFM delay at the top 30 airports was 0.18 min below average airport ATFM arrival delay in 2016. The improvement is mainly due to a reduction in capacity related airport arrival ATFM delays. Weather related delays in the first half of 2017 remained at a similar level as in 2016.
Similar to the trends observed for traffic growth at those airports, Amsterdam and Lisbon airport showed the highest increase and the two Istanbul airports showed the most notable reduction of average airport arrival ATFM delays in the first half of 2017.

Additional ASMA time, Additional taxi-out time, and ATC pre-departure delays remained at similar levels as in the first half of 2016.

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.