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Eurocontrol latest Network Operations Report published

Traffic in April 2019 increased by 1.4 per cent compared to April 2018 and was aligned with the baseline forecast. Ten states added more than 50 flights daily to the network with France, Spain and Italy as the top contributors. En route ATFM delays (32,447 min/daily) increased by 1.0 per cent and airport ATFM delays (13,757 min/daily) increased by 4.3 per cent compared to April 2018.

Additionally, there were, on average, 757 daily flights with an en-route ATFM delay of at least 15 minutes (+7.1 per cent compared to April 2018).

Highlights of the report include notification that Lisbon airport became a fully operational A-CDM airport on 16 April. Lisbon is the third A-CDM airport connected to the network via B2B.

En route:

  • high en route capacity delays in Karlsruhe UAC;
  • high ATC staffing delays in Marseille and Brussels ACCs;
  • ATC industrial action in Budapest on 17 April; and
  • implementation of new ATM system in Bucuresti ACC.


  • strong winds impacted operations strongly at Lisbon airport; and
  • aerodrome capacity issues and familiarisation with the new electronic flight strips at Amsterdam/Schiphol airport generated high delays.

The average en route ATFM delay per flight in the NM area in April was 1.07 min/flt, which is well above the corresponding monthly guideline value of 0.32 min/flt. The average YTD en route ATFM delay per flight in 2019 in the NM area is 0.71 min/flt which is three times the corresponding guideline of 0.20 min.

The full report is available to download here: