Draft Performance Review Report (PRR) 2020 for consultation

As in previous years, the Performance Review Commission (PRC) has prepared an independent review of ANS performance in Europe.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe in early 2020 the focus changed entirely from solving the European en-route capacity crisis to managing an unprecedented global crisis of the aviation industry affecting the entire value chain.

Without a doubt, 2020 was a devastating year for the aviation industry which has been hit harder than many other industries due to the measures implemented by States to contain the pandemic and the subsequent reduced demand for air travel. In the EUROCONTROL area, the number of flights decreased on average by -55.2% in 2020, dropping as low as -88% in April 2020. This corresponded to 6.1 million fewer flights in 2020 with grave consequences on the aviation industry’s income and employment levels, in particular.

This year’s PRR takes a look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European ANS system and the implications for the future.

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We invite all interested parties to submit their feedback by 23 April 2021.


The PRC has made every effort to ensure that the information and analysis contained in this document are as accurate and complete as possible. Despite these precautions, should you find any errors or inconsistencies we would be grateful if you could please bring them to the Performance Review Unit’s attention.


This report has been produced by the independent Performance Review Commission (PRC). The PRC was established by the Permanent Commission of EUROCONTROL in accordance with the ECAC Institutional Strategy 1997. One objective of this strategy is 'to introduce a strong, transparent and independent performance review and target setting system to facilitate more effective management of the European ATM system, encourage mutual accountability for system performance.'

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Draft Performance Review Report of the European Air Traffic Management System in 2020