Traffic in February 2018 increased by 3.6% compared to the same period last year and was at the low end of the forecast. Severe weather in the UK, Ireland and across western Europe led to multiple flight cancellations.
Total air traffic flow management (ATFM) delays increased by 0.8% in February 2018 compared to February 2017. En-route ATFM delays (8,221 min/daily) increased by 40.7% mainly due to staffing issues while airport ATFM delays (12,056 min/daily) decreased by 15.5%.
en-route ATC staffing issues in Karlsruhe UAC;
en-route capacity delays in Maastricht UAC, Reims and London ACCs;
implementation of Extended Computer Display system in London TC going to plan.
Ibiza airport became fully operational ATC Advanced Tower airport on 20 February;
seasonal weather impacted operations at London/Heathrow, Barcelona, Istanbul/Atatürk, Paris/Orly, Stockholm/Arlanda and Zurich airports;
there were capacity issues at Istanbul/Atatürk and Amsterdam/Schiphol airports;
some delays due to work in progress at Barcelona, Paris/Orly and Hamburg airports.
The average en-route ATFM delay per flight in the NM area in February was 0.32 min/flt, which is above the corresponding monthly guideline value of 0.18 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2018 in the NM area is 0.24 min/flt which is above the corresponding guideline value of 0.17 min/flt.
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