COVID-19 impact on the European air traffic network

At EUROCONTROL, we are working hard to support our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19

Comprehensive assessment

EUROCONTROL’s Comprehensive Aviation Assessment provides an accurate snapshot of the latest network picture compared to the same period in 2019.

Latest data from the network

Explore our latest unique data-driven insights.

Our 32nd EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot shows how continuous descent operations can help improve vertical flight efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions as well as noise levels near airports.

Data snaphot #29 - Flights to Asia pre-post Ukraine

EUROCONTROL Forecast Update 2022-2024

New EUROCONTROL 2022-2024 forecast expects that 9.5 million flights are expected in the network this year (85% of 2019 levels), despite the impact of the invasion of Ukraine and global economic challenges.

EUROCONTROL Traffic Scenarios for *Europe 2022
Traffic as a % of 2019

*Europe = ECAC 44 Member States
Date: August 2022

EUROCONTROL 3-year forecast for *Europe 2022-2024
Actual and future IFR movements, % traffic compared to 2019

*Europe = ECAC 44 Member States
Source: EUROCONTROL, 3-year Forecast, June 2022

EUROCONTROL Aviation Outlook 2050

Our EUROCONTROL Aviation Outlook looks out to 2050, much further than previous forecasts and in line with aviation’s objective of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by that date.

The most-likely scenario shows 16 million flights in 2050. Other possible scenarios (resulting in 19.6 million flights and 13.2 million flights by 2050) are also discussed.

ECAC IFR flights
2019 2050 2050/2019
Total
(million)
Avg. daily
(thousands)
Total
(million)
Avg. daily
(thousands)
Extra flights/day
(thousands)
Total
growth
AAGR
High scenario 11.1 30.4 19.6 53.6 23.2 +76% +1.8%
Base scenario 16.0 43.7 13.4 +44% +1.2%
Low scenario 13.2 36.2 5.8 +19% +0.6%

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Situation over Europe

From pandemic towards recovery.

EUROCONTROL

Aviation recovery in Sweden

1 March vs 11 April vs 13 December 2020

Återhämtning av luftfart i Sverige

1 mars vs 11 april vs 13 december 2020

Aviation recovery in the Netherlands

1 March vs 12 April vs 6 December 2020

Luchtvaartherstel in Nederland

1 maart vs 12 april vs 6 december 2020

Aviation recovery in Norway

1 March vs 12 April vs 29 November 2020

Luftfartgjenoppretting i Norge

1. mars vs 12. april vs 29. november 2020

Aviation recovery in Poland

1 March vs 12 April vs 22 November 2020

Odzyskiwanie lotnictwa w Polsce

1 marca vs 12 kwietnia vs 22 listopada 2020 r

Aviation recovery in Italy

1 March vs 12 April vs 15 November 2020

Ripresa del settore dell'aviazione in Italia

1° marzo, 12 aprile e 15 novembre 2020

Aviation recovery in Germany

1 March vs 12 April vs 8 November 2020

Wiederherstellung der Luftfahrt in Deutschland

1.März vs. 12. April vs. 8. November 2020

Aviation recovery in Turkey

1 March vs 12 April vs 1 November 2020

Türkiye'de havacılıkta toparlanma

1 Mart vs 12 Nisan vs 1 Kasim 2020

Aviation recovery in Spain

1 March vs 12 April vs 25 October 2020

Recuperación de la aviación en España

1 de marzo vs 12 de abril vs 25 de octubre 2020

Aviation recovery in France

1 March vs 12 April vs 18 October 2020

Récupération aéronautique en France

1 mars vs 12 avril vs 18 octobre 2020

Aviation recovery in the UK

1 March vs 12 April vs 11 October 2020

Situation in the Chinese sky

15 May vs 12 April vs 17 February 2020

China

Situation over Albania and North Macedonia

10 May 2020 vs 12 May 2019

AlbaniaNorth Macedonia

Situation in the Maltese sky

6 May 2020 vs 8 May 2019

Malta

Situation in the Cypriot sky

6 May 2020 vs 8 May 2019

Cyprus

Situation over the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

4 May 2020 vs 6 May 2019

NetherlandsBelgiumLuxembourg

Situation over Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova

3 May 2020 vs 5 May 2019

BulgariaRomaniaMoldova

Situation over Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary

28 April 2020 vs 30 April 2019

CzechiaSlovakiaHungary

Situation over Austria and Switzerland

27 April 2020 vs 29 April 2019

AustriaSwitzerland

Situation over Georgia and Armenia

26 April 2020 vs 28 April 2019

GeorgiaArmenia

Situation over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

22 April 2020 vs 24 April 2019

EstoniaLatviaLithuania

Situation in the Greek sky

16 April 2020 vs 18 April 2019

Greece

Situation over the UK and Ireland

9 April 2020 vs 11 April 2019

UKIreland

Situation over Spain and Portugal

6 April 2020 vs 8 April 2019

PortugalPortugal

Situation over Norway and Sweden

8 April 2020 vs 10 April 2019

NorwaySweden

COVID-19 impact briefings

Airports

Banner of Frankfurt airport factsheet
Factsheet
Frankfurt Airport

30 June 2021

Banner of Paris/CDG airport factsheet
Factsheet
Paris CDG Airport

2 July 2021

Banner of Copenhagen airport factsheet
Factsheet
Copenhagen Airport

5 July 2021

Banner of Heathrow airport factsheet
Factsheet
London Heathrow Airport

7 July 2021

Banner of Athens airport factsheet
Factsheet
Athens Airport

9 July 2021

Banner of Madrid airport factsheet
Factsheet
Madrid Airport

12 July 2021

Banner of Dublin airport factsheet
Factsheet
Dublin Airport

14 July 2021

Banner of Schiphol airport factsheet
Factsheet
Schiphol Airport

16 July 2021

Banner of Istanbul airport factsheet
Factsheet
İstanbul Grand Airport

19 July 2021

Banner of Geneva airport factsheet
Factsheet
Geneva Airport

21 July 2021

Banner of Gatwick airport factsheet
Factsheet
London/Gatwick Airport

23 July 2021

States

Airplane with France Flag (FR) on the tail
Factsheet

France

Airplane with Italian flag on tail
Factsheet

Italy

Airplane with polish flag on the tail
Factsheet

Poland

Ireland
Factsheet

Ireland

5 June 2021

Airplane with Union Jack Flag (UK) on the tail
Factsheet

United Kingdom

7 June 2021

Airplane with Turkey's Flag (TR) on the tail
Factsheet

Turkey

Airplane with the Spanish flag on the tail
Factsheet
Airplane with Germany's Flag (DE) on the tail
Factsheet

Germany

Portugal
Factsheet

Portugal

Airplane with Dutch flag on the tail
Factsheet

The Netherlands

Airplane with Swedish flag on the tail
Factsheet

Sweden

Denmark
Factsheet

Denmark

Hungary
Factsheet

Hungary

Greece
Factsheet

Dashboard

Latest info on the impact of COVID-19 on the European network.
Visit our Aviation Intelligence dashboard for more raw data and insights.

Useful resources

We try to provide stakeholders and passengers with the most up-to-date information and resources available to help guide their decisions through the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the data, visualizations, forecasts and assessments above, here are some excellent external sources of information on State responses to COVID-19 and the restrictions they may apply to travelers to and from their borders. 

Re-open EU

This interactive tool provides you with the information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays, while staying healthy and safe.

IATA Travel Centre

The IATA Travel Centre and their COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance.