Period Area Update rate Last update Source(s) Data
Jan-Dec ECAC area Quarterly 15-Mar-2018 NM, CRCO, STATFOR

Average daily controlled flights

ECAC area

Average daily en-route Service Units (SU)

CRCO area

In 2017, the number of flights in the (ECAC) area increased by 4.3% (2.5% in 2016) which corresponds to an additional 1,191 flights per day on average. The observed traffic growth corresponds to the high forecast scenario of +4.3% predicted by STATFOR for 2017 in the 7-year forecast (Feb. 2017).
As in previous years, average daily en-route service units (+6.5% vs 2016) grew at a higher rate than flights in 2017.

Change by flight type

2017 vs. 2016

Change by traffic segment

2017 vs. 2016
Pan-European traffic and the traffic from and to Europe showed substantial growth in 2017. The main driver of the observed traffic growth remained the low cost traffic segment, followed by traditional scheduled traffic.

Traffic variation by ANSP

2017 vs. 2016


All ANSPs but Avinor (Norway) showed an increase in traffic compared to 2016. In absolute terms, DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), DFS (Germany) and NATS (UK) showed the highest year on year growth in 2017.

Traffic variation at the top 30 airports in terms of traffic

2017 vs. 2016
Amsterdam continued its growth also in 2017 (+3.9% vs. 2016) and remained the airport with the highest number of commercial movements in the EUROCONTROL area.
Seven of the top 30 airports showed a decrease in traffic in 2017: Berlin (TXL), Rome (FCO), Istanbul (SAW), Copenhagen (CPH), Paris (ORY), and Vienna (VIE). The collapse of Monarch Airlines and Air Berlin in October 2017 had an impact on a number of airports, most notably on the operations at Berlin Tegel (TXL) airport which reported a 6.3% reduction of traffic in 2017. As a result of the Alitalia crisis, traffic numbers at Rome (FCO) airport also dropped notably by 5.0% in 2017.
The highest growth compared to 2016 was observed at Lisbon (LIS) and Warsaw (WAW) airports which both grew by more than 10% compared to 2016. Milan (MXP), Brussels (BRU), Stockholm (ARN), Palma (PMI), Barcelona (BCN), London (STN), and Helsinki (HEL) reported all a substantial traffic growth of more than 5% compared to 2016.