EUROCONTROL releases new High-level Summary Report on Preliminary ACE Data

A high-level summary report on preliminary ACE data, commissioned by the Performance Review Commission and produced by the EUROCONTROL Performance Review Unit, has been published.

Following the first insight into the 2022 cost-effectiveness performance at pan-European ATM system level published in September, this new report provides additional analysis, looking at several cost-effectiveness indicators for individual ANSPs. This is ahead of the publication of the final report, planned for May 2024.

The preliminary data show total ATM/CNS provision costs rising by 3% (+€297 million) in 2022. However, the cost per composite flight hour fell sharply to €470, reflecting the increase in traffic. The number of ATCOs in OPS rose by 2% (+356FTEs) while the total ATM/CNS staff levels decreased by 1% (-473FTEs). Although the level of debt fell by 10% in 2022, short and long-term borrowings still represent nearly three times the amount recorded in 2019.


(-34.7% vs 2021)

ATM/CNS provision costs per composite flight-hour


(-35.2% vs 2021)

Support costs per composite flight-hour


(-2.3% vs 2021)

ATCO employment costs per ATCO-hour


(+46.9% vs 2021)

ATCO-hour productivity

Changes in unit ATM/CNS provision costs, 2017 – 2022 (real terms)

ACE 2022 graph

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