Network Operations Report – July 2016

11 August 2016

Traffic in July 2016 increased by 2.7% compared to July 2015 and was close to the higher end of the forecast. This was the highest ever for the month of July. Twelve states contributed most to the European local traffici growth in July, with Spain, UK and Italy as the top contributors.

Total ATFM delays increased by 21.3% in July 2016 compared to July 2015. En-route ATFM delays increased by 30.2%; airport ATFM delays increased by 6.3%.

Highlights include:

  • En-route ATC capacity delays in Brest, Maastricht, Bordeaux, and Marseille ACCs;
  • French industrial on 05 July action resulted in ATFM delays for the French ACCs; ATFM delays in Maastricht and Karlsruhe ACCs due to ATFM measures applied during the action;
  • En-route staffing issues in Karlsruhe, Warsaw and Nicosia ACCs;
  • Aerodrome capacity issues generated delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen airport and to a lesser extent at Istanbul/Ataturk Barcelona, Paris/Orly, Amsterdam/Schiphol, Zurich and Mikonos airports;
  • ATFM delays due to ATC system Improvements in Langen (on-going implementation of PSS) ACC;
  • Capacity reductions in Scottish ACC due to iTecv system training and familiarisation combined with unseasonable weather patterns resulting in transatlantic flights adopting more northerly routes resulted in en-route ATC capacity and staffing delays;
  • Seasonal weather impacted operations particularly at London/Heathrow, Zurich, Amsterdam/Schiphol and Barcelona airports;
  • The EURO 2016 football took place in France between 10 June and 10 July. French airports successfully handled at least
  • 3,262 extra flights with a total of 5,870 minutes of ATFM delay.

The average en-route delay per flight in NM areaii in July 2016 was 1.76 min/flt, which was above the monthly guidelineiii value of 1.09 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2016 in the NM area is 1.07 min/flt which is double the corresponding guideline value of 0.52 min/flt.

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