Overview - January-September 2019

Traffic Traffic

In the first three quarters of 2019, air traffic in the EUROCONTROL area (ECAC) grew on average by 1.3% which corresponds to 388 additional flights per day.

Between January and September 2019, 26 of the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) included in the analysis reported a traffic increase compared to 2018.

In absolute terms, ENAV, DSNA, Croatia Control, ENAIRE, HCAA (Greece) and SMATSA (Serbia and Montenegro) showed the highest year on year growth.

Safety Safety

Safety data is only available on an annual basis.
More information can be found in Chapter 2 of the latest Performance Review Report.

Operations En-route Operations En-route

Between January and September 2019, total en-route ATFM delays in the EUROCONTROL area decreased by 10.2% compared to the same period in 2018. As a result, average en-route ATFM delay per flight decreased from 2.02 in 2018 to 1.79 in 2019.

Compared to 2018, the decrease is mainly due to less adverse weather and less strikes. Delays attributed to ATC Capacity and Staffing continued to increase compared to the same period in 2018.

Although the average en-route ATFM delay per flight decreased, the share of en-route ATFM delayed flights increased further (+0.4 percent points) to reach 11.1%.

In the first three quarters of 2019, average en-route delay per flight was highest in HungaroControl (2.05 min) followed by Austro Control/ Austria (1.97 min), DFS/Germany (1.65 min) and skeyes/Belgium (1.16 min).

The efficiency of actual trajectories decreased slightly to 97.2% between January and September 2019 while the efficiency in the filed flight plans remained unchanged at 95.6%.

Operations at Airports Operations Airport

Average airport ATFM delays at the top 30 European airports increased from 1.06 to 1.21 minutes per arrival in the first nine months of 2019, mainly due to airport capacity issues. The highest average airport ATFM delay was observed at Amsterdam Schiphol, Athens, Lisbon and London Gatwick airport.

Additional ASMA time and Additional taxi-out time at the top 30 airports increased in 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Economics Economics

Economic data is only available on an annual basis and published on the ACE online dashboard.
More information can also be found in the latest ATM Cost-Effectiveness (ACE) Benchmarking Report and in Chapter 5 of the Performance Review Report.