European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) - Monitoring Report - AIRAC 1809

The ERNIP Monitoring Report informs our partners of major projects implemented on AIRAC 1809 (effective 16 August 2018) which further improves airspace design and utilizes flight efficiency.

The list below provides an overview of the key improvements implemented on 16 August 2018:

  • Cyprus - Nicosia Direct Route Airspace - Phase 2B.

Thanks to the airspace enhancements implemented during AIRAC 1809 as well as the airspace design improvements put in place since AIRAC 1709 in connection with changing traffic patterns and structure, the additional, potential savings offered during AIRAC cycle 1809 amount to 233 000 NMs flown less compared with the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2017. This translates into 1,398 tons of fuel, or 4,660 tons of CO2, or € 1,390,000.

Based on the last filed flight plan indicator and as a result of the airspace design improvements put in place since AIRAC 1709 in connection with changing traffic patterns and the airline choices made, the actual losses calculated during the AIRAC cycle 1809 amount to 341,000 NMs flown more compared to the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2017. This translates into 2,046 tons of fuel, or 6,820 tons of CO2, or € 1,705,000.

As a result of the FRA implementation (while still impacted by the various crises situation and airspace closed in adjacent airspace) flight efficiency improved but not to the maximum potential and it was seriously impacted by capacity, weather and industrial actions, while airspace design benefits continued to be implemented.

The losses recorded on the last filed flight plan data during AIRAC cycle 1809 compared to the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2017 are mainly because of different flight planning/ airline choices, traffic composition and/or scenarios applied due to capacity problems in the network as well as special events.

More information is available in the full ERNIP Monitoring Report and the relevant monthly Network Operation Reports.