EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE release guidance on actions to prepare for adverse weather in summer

Aircraft taxiing and being directed

EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE have just released a guide for airports to prepare for adverse weather conditions typically encountered during the summer.

With a changing climate, such challenges are becoming more frequent, arising also in areas that have previously not been exposed to record high temperatures or other adverse weather conditions for prolonged periods of time. Produced in close collaboration with representatives from airports, air navigation service providers, airlines and aviation staff associations, the guide was developed by the European Climate Change Adaptation Working Group.

"Supporting aviation stakeholders in preparing for summer 2023 is a key priority under EUROCONTROL’s corporate “Raising the Bar” Programme. I’m proud that we have been able to put together a list of tangible recommendations for European airports to get ready for the possibility of extreme weather conditions this summer. With air traffic in Europe expected to be up to 15% above last year’s traffic levels EUROCONTROL is fully committed to support the aviation sector to minimise disruption. We hope that this guide proves useful for all European airports."

Marylin Bastin Head of Sustainability EUROCONTROL

Weather is usually uncertain, but it is always good to be prepared. With the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) projecting warmer-than-normal weather over most of the European continent this summer, there are numerous risks for aviation and it makes sense for proactive actions to be taken.

"Summer weather comes with a range of potential challenges for airports – from thunderstorms to strong seasonal winds, and from heat variations through to visibility issues.  As always, the airport focus is on getting travellers to and from their summer destinations safely, smoothly and seamlessly.  This document will be a great addition to the preparedness toolkit for a range of eventualities."

Aidan Flanagan Director of Airport Capacity and Operations ACI EUROPE

Background on the European Climate Change Adaptation Working Group

The Working Group's aim is to tackle together the need for aviation to increase its resilience and to adapt to the risks of climate change. Jointly led by EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE, the Working Group currently has 33 member organisations. Representatives meet 3-4 times per year and share expertise and best practices on how to avoid or reduce operational, infrastructure, business and safety risks for the European air traffic management caused by climate change impact. If your organisation is interested in joining the Working Group, please contact Rachel Burbidge.

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