Without a doubt, 2020 was a devastating year for the aviation industry. The number of flights in the EUROCONTROL area decreased by 55.2% in 2020, which corresponded to 6.1 million fewer flights.
Following the dramatic drop in traffic all operational performance metrics improved, which illustrated the link between capacity provision and operational efficiency. Horizontal and vertical flight efficiency in European airspace were better in 2020, with positive effects for fuel efficiency and the environment. At the top 30 airports, additional taxi-out time dropped on average by 2 minutes, while holding and sequencing within the arrival airspace decreased by almost 1 minute.