COVID-19 impact on the European air traffic network

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


EUROCONTROL European Aviation Overview

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

Explore our latest unique data-driven insights.

Our 37th EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot takes a look at three European capitals to analyse how aviation connectivity varies across the continent.

Data Snapshot #37 - heat map showing flights from three European capitals - Brussels, London and Sofia

EUROCONTROL Forecast Update 2022-2028

New EUROCONTROL 2022-2028 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.

Date: October 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
Avg. daily
Avg. daily
Extra flights/day
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%


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.