The below briefing sets out potential challenges which European aviation may face from adverse weather during winter 2023. It also sets out potential response options to consider to reduce the impacts. It should be noted that the list is not exhaustive and impacts will be dependent on geographical location, prevailing conditions the specific outlook for the period in question. Therefore, industry organisations should conduct their own detailed impact assessments in accordance with applicable regulations.
Winter weather traditionally brings challenges (threats, in risk management terms) for European aviation, whether in terms of operational impact on aviation activities, on the workforce and on passengers. With a changing climate, such challenges are becoming more frequent as well as arising in areas and airports which have not previously been exposed to such weather for prolonged periods of time.