Helping airlines meet their growth and efficiency targets

25 April 2016

“Our rapid growth wouldn’t have been possible without the improvements made by EUROCONTROL”, noted Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary, looking back on 20 years of central flow management.

27,000 flights carrying 2.7 million people depend every day on EUROCONTROL as the Network Manager (NM) of the European ATM network, which encompasses 41 EUROCONTROL’s 41 Member States including all 28 EU Members, as well as other States which have bilateral agreements with the Network Manager.

EUROCONTROL works closely with airlines, air navigation service providers, civil/military airspace users and airports to enhance the performance of the network, balancing demand and capacity, helping make routes more efficient, and dealing with network challenges centrally, be they weather, major event, hotspots, crisis or strike related.

Speaking to Frank Brenner, Director General of EUROCONTROL, on a recent visit to the Agency’s headquarters and the NM operations room, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, said that “We’ve just finished a year in which we carried around 106 million passengers. We have grown rapidly over the last 20 years, and that rapid growth wouldn’t have been possible without the improvements made by EUROCONTROL”. Michael added that “we look forward to working with Frank Brenner and the rest of the management team, but also with each individual controller in EUROCONTROL over the next years to make flying across Europe cheaper, easier, and with less delays”.

Helping airlines meet their growth and efficiency targets


Left to right: Michael O’Leary (CEO of Ryanair), Juliusz Komorek (Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer of Ryanair), Frank Brenner (EUROCONTROL's Director General)


Looking at the work of the Network Manager, which EUROCONTROL has been mandated to perform runs until the end of the Performance Scheme’s second Reference Period, Michael stressed the value of NM for airlines in driving performance and efficiency, especially in terms of ameliorating the effects of national ATC strikes. “We look forward to continuing to work with you over the next ten years as well”, he concluded.

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