Aviation: Your reliable connection to the world

6 December 2012

EUROCONTROL is delighted to join the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in celebrating the International Civil Aviation Day. This year there is emphasis on how air travel has facilitated the process of becoming a connected global village. Indeed, air travel has not only boosted international tourism and trade; it has also promoted intercultural awareness and made possible humanitarian assistance to the most remote parts of the world. Air transport is already one of the safest modes of transportation today and it is becoming even safer.

Reliability and punctuality are also extremely important for passengers and in 2011 flight delays in Europe fell significantly despite a three per cent increase in traffic.  In fact, delays as a result of ATFCM – Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management – fell from 2.56 to just 1.60 minutes per flight.  This year, in 2012, the system has faced, and overcome, additional challenges from major events such as Euro 2012 and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

EUROCONTROL acts as the Network Manager in Europe and helps coordinate the extensive planning and organisation required to ensure aircraft safety while managing punctuality.  It works with the Military, Air Navigation Service Providers, airspace users and with airports to make sure that aviation continues to be your reliable connection to the world.

Civil Aviation Crossword Puzzle

We would like to invite you to participate in our Civil Aviation Crossword Puzzle. Participants will be challenged to solve the cryptic clues, which will reveal a keyword related to the theme of this year’s International Civil Aviation Day.  The game is open on the EUROCONTROL Facebook page until Wednesday 12 December and the winners will be announced on Friday 14 December.

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