Network Operations Report – June 2016

12 July 2016

Traffic in June 2016 increased by 1.5% compared to June 2015 and was at the lower end of the forecast. Although this was the highest June traffic level since 2009, growth was suppressed due to ATC industrial action in France and Italy, as well as at Air France and SAS airlines. Twelve states contributed most to the European local traffic growth in June, with UK, Spain and the Canary Islands as the top contributors.

Total ATFM delays increased by 64.9% in June 2016 compared to June 2015. En-route ATFM delays increased by 89%; airport ATFM delays increased by 28.1%.

Highlights include:

  • En-route weather generated delays in Maastricht, Langen and Karlsruhe ACCs;
  • French industrial action resulted in ATFM delays for the French ACCs; ATFM delays in Maastricht, Madrid, Karlsruhe, Barcelona ACCs due to ATFM measures applied during the action;
  • En-route ATC staffing and capacity issues in Brest, Maastricht, Langen, Karlsruhe and Barcelona ACCs;
  • Aerodrome capacity issues generated delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen airport and to a lesser extent at Istanbul/Ataturk Barcelona, Zurich, Amsterdam/Schiphol and London/Gatwick airports;
  • ATFM delays due to ATC system Improvements in Scottish (implementation of iTEC system) and Langen (on-going implementation of PSS) ACCs;
  • Inclement weather impacted operations particularly at Frankfurt Main, London/Heathrow, London/Gatwick, Amsterdam/Schiphol and Zurich airports;
  • The Euro 2016 football tournament commenced on 10 June. French airports successfully handled at least 2,720 extra flights up to the 30 June with no significant impact on the network.

The average en-route delay per flight in NM areai in June 2016 was 1.89 min/flt, which was above the monthly guideline[i] value of 0.78 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2016 in the NM area is 0.92 min/flt which is double the corresponding guideline value of 0.4 min/flt.


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