Airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airports and Ground Handlers supported by the EUROCONTROL Network Manager, agreed to join forces and partner together to prepare the aviation network for summer 2024. The initiative will build on the positive results and successful work done in summer 2023. The goal is to ensure that Europe's aviation network performs as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
Peak traffic during summer 2023 was an important test for the aviation sector. Significant portions of airspace continue to be unavailable for civilian flights due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Analysis of air traffic showed that there was 7% more traffic in summer 2023 than in summer 2022. Despite the traffic increase, Air traffic flow management delays per flight were similar to the previous summer. Weather in summer 2023 was significantly worse than the previous year. Without the significant additional delays caused by weather, ATFM delays per flight in 2023 would have fallen by 18%. We expect traffic to continue to grow with an estimated 10.6 million flights expected in 2024 (10.3 million flights expected for 2023 – base scenario EUROCONTROL STATFOR 7 year forecast).