Brussels, Belgium – The independent Performance Review Commission (PRC) of EUROCONTROL has published its Performance Review Report (PRR) for 2017; this report provides an assessment of European Air Traffic Management performance.
Air traffic in Europe continued to increase for the fourth year in a row in 2017, taking the number of flights to 10.6 million – the highest level on record.
At the same time, safety levels remained high in Europe with one reported accident with direct ATM contribution and none with indirect ATM contribution in 2017.
ATFM delays continued to increase in 2017. Overall, 5.3% of flights were affected by en-route ATFM delays in 2017 (up from 4.8% in 2016) with an average delay of 16.5 minutes per delayed flight. The main drivers of en-route ATFM delays were ATC capacity/staffing constraints and adverse weather.
The PRC chairman, Ralph Riedle, commented “While the continuous improvement in cost-efficiency is to be welcomed, if we take the economic view (ie combining provision and delay costs), we see that a significant part of the cost-efficiency savings are being offset by the sustained increase in ATFM delay costs. This reflects concerns expressed by the PRC in previous reports that delays would increase again, unless sufficient attention was focussed on capacity planning and deployment.”
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This report of the Performance Review Commission analyses the performance of the European Air Traffic Management System in 2017 under the Key Performance Areas of Safety, Capacity, Environment and Cost-efficiency.