Draft Performance Review Report (PRR) 2021 for consultation

As in previous years, the Performance Review Commission (PRC) has prepared an independent review of ANS performance in Europe in 2021.

Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the draft Final Report for the PRC’s consideration before the report is finalised for the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council Meeting in June. The consultation phase is from 24 March to 15 April 2022.

PRR 2021 takes a look at the recovery of the aviation industry in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the performance of the European ANS system. Increased vaccination levels and the relaxation of travel restrictions in many European states resulted in a continuous increase in demand, particularly in the second half of 2021. Overall, traffic in 2021 increased by 25% compared to 2020 but still remained just above half of the level of 2019. The hopes for a sustained and swift recovery from the pandemic in 2022 were set back by the terrible war in Ukraine, which will, without a doubt, have an impact on the industry.

Following the operational performance improvements in all areas in 2020, there were early indications of rising inefficiency and delay levels in 2021 - despite traffic levels still being well below 2019.

With most of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) costs fixed in the short term, the immediate cost containment measures taken could not compensate for the unprecedented revenue loss which will result in higher user charges for airspace users over the next years and continue to put economic pressure on the industry.

The PRC focus over the coming years will be on the ability of the ANS system to adjust its operations and costs in line with demand, while at the same time preparing for the future in terms of safety, capacity provision, technical transformation and environmental sustainability.

Submit your feedback

We invite all interested parties to submit their feedback by 15 April 2022.


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 2021