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%.
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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