Workload affects us all and, as this edition highlights, many factors affect the workload of controllers and could potentially have an impact upon performance – most importantly, upon safety. So it is useful to step back a little, to see how European ATM is changing and to consider what impact this might have for controllers.
Some of the changes are very clear. For example, traffic is starting to grow again and this growth is expected to continue, with our latest medium term forecast predicting an average annual growth rate of 2.1% over the next seven years; this means that by 2021 we will see an extra 2.5 million flights a year, with particularly rapid growth in south east Europe.
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