Network Operations Report – October 2016

11 November 2016

Traffic in October 2016 increased by 2.9% compared to October 2015 and was in line with the baseline forecast. This was the highest traffic ever for the month of October. Twelve states contributed most to the European local traffici growth, with UK, Spain and Italy as the top contributors.

Total ATFM delays increased by 11.6% in October 2016 compared to October 2015. En-route ATFM delays increased by 7.2%; airport ATFM delays increased by 15.4%.

Highlights include:

  • En-route ATC capacity delays in Brest, Maastricht and Bordeaux ACCs, staffing issues in Warsaw, Karlsruhe and Brest ACCs;
  • Aerodrome capacity issues generated high delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen airport, and to a lesser extent at Istanbul/Ataturk airport;
  • Seasonal weather affected Maastricht, Marseille and Barcelona ACCs; heavy rain and/or low visibility impacted London/Heathrow, Amsterdam, London/Gatwick and Zurich;

The average en-route ATFM delay per flight in NM areaii in October 2016 was 0.51 min/flt, which was above the monthly guidelineiii value of 0.43 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2016 in the NM area is 0.96 min/flt which is above the corresponding guideline value of 0.54 min/flt.

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

The monthly Network Operations Report overview provides a high level view of the performance of the European ATM network in October 2016, whilst the analysis provides a detailed view.

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