EUROCONTROL’s Performance Review Commission publishes its Report on European Air Traffic Management performance in 2015
Brussels, Belgium – the Performance Review Report (PRR) 2015 has just been published by the independent Performance Review Commission (PRC) of EUROCONTROL. It gives an assessment of European Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance in 2015 across the key performance areas of Safety, Capacity, Environment, and Cost-efficiency.
Safety is the primary objective of Air Navigation Services (ANS). Overall, ANS Safety continues to be high in Europe with one accident with ANS contribution in 2015. However, there is scope for further improvement in order to maintain or even further improve safety levels in Europe.
Controlled flights in Europe increased for the second year in a row in 2015. However, the +1.5% growth in traffic in 2015 was not homogenous throughout the network and traffic flows were affected by the continuing Ukraine crisis and industrial action by air traffic controllers.
En-route Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delays in the EUROCONTROL area increased for the second year in a row to reach 0.73 minutes per flight in 2015.
“The performance deterioration was mainly attributed to ATC capacity issues and confirms the PRC concerns that ATFM delays could increase when traffic grows again if insufficient focus is being put on capacity planning and deployment” warns Ralph Riedle, PRC Chairman.
Despite further progress in the implementation of free route airspace in 2015, horizontal en-route flight efficiency deteriorated in 2015 after the continuous improvement over the past years.
European ANS cost-efficiency performance improved for the second year in a row in 2014, the latest year for which actual costs data is available. Compared to 2013, real en-route costs per service unit decreased by -5.0% and terminal unit costs decreased by -2.3%.