Network Operations Report – February 2017

16 March 2017

Traffic in February 2017 increased by 3.0% compared to February 2016 and was at the low-end of the forecast, with a continuous traffic growth on the South West Axis. Ten states contributed most to the European local traffici growth, with UK, Spain and Germany as the top contributors.

Total ATFM delays decreased by 16.1% in February 2017 compared to February 2016. En-route ATFM delays decreased by 38.6%; airport ATFM delays decreased by 1.3%. Note that en-route ATFM delays were relatively high in February 2016 due to ATM system implementation.

Highlights include:

  • Seasonal weather impacted several airports, especially Amsterdam/Schiphol, London/Heathrow and to a lesser extent London/City and Oslo/Gardermoen;
  • Aerodrome capacity issues generated delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen, Istanbul/Ataturk and Amsterdam/Schiphol airports;
  • En-route ATC capacity issues mainly at the weekends in Brest, Canarias, Lisbon and Maastricht ACCs;
  • En-route staffing issues in Karlsruhe ACC;
  • PSS implementation in Langen ACC impacted Frankfurt/Main airport;
  • Capacity reduction at Amsterdam/Schiphol airport due to on-going implementation of a new ATM system (AAA system);
  • Airport ATFM delays at Rome/Fiumicino due to single runway operations during work on runways.

The average en-route ATFM delay per flight in NM areaii in February 2017 was 0.24 min/flt, which is above the corresponding monthly guidelineiii value of 0.22 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2017 in the NM area is 0.19 min/flt which is below the corresponding guideline value of 0.21 min/flt.

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i Internals, international departures and arrivals, excluding overflights.
ii See notice on page 4 for more information about NM area
iii NM’s calculation that provides the guideline en-route delay (min) requirements to achieve the annual target (0.5 min/flight).

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