Network Operations Report - March 2016

20 April 2016

Traffic in March 2016 increased by 2.5% compared to March 2015 with strong growth between Europe and both the United States and United Arab Emirates.

Total ATFM delays increased by 139.4% in March 2016. En-route ATFM delays increased by 387.4%; airport ATFM delays increased by 24.4%.

Highlights include:

  • French ATC industrial action on 20-22 and 31 March resulted in an estimated 2700 fewer flights in the network and ATFM delays of 503,662 minutes;
  • Brussels airport closure to passenger traffic from 22 March impacted traffic with carriers reducing schedules and/or moving flights to other airports;
  • ERATO ATM system implementation generated 98,836 minutes ATFM delays in Brest ACC;
  • Seasonal weather (fog, strong winds, snow) impacted operations particularly at London/Heathrow, London/Gatwick and Brussels/National airports, together with London TMA;
  • Aerodrome capacity issues generated delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen and  Istanbul/Ataturk airports, and to a lesser extent Amsterdam/Schiphol and Zurich;
  • ATC capacity/staffing delays in Brest, Paris, Madrid, Maastricht, Barcelona and London TMA ACCs;
  • Geneva airport completed A-CDM implementation on 16 March;
  • Paris/Charles de Gaulle completed RECAT-EU implementation on 22 March.

The average en-route delay per flight in NM area[i} in March 2016 was 1.07 min/flt, which was above the monthly guideline[ii} value of 0.25 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2016 in the NM area is 0.68 min/flt, which is above the corresponding guideline value of 0.22 min/flt.


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