The list below provides an overview of the key improvements implemented on 25 April 2019:
- Single CDR Category/ SCC Finland.
- Free Route Airspace extension Finland.
- Tampere ACC closure.
France / Spain
- Barcelona, Madrid, Bordeaux Interface, BAMBI.
Maastricht UAC, Karlsruhe UAC and DK/SW FAB
- Cross-border FRA Maastricht UAC, Karlsruhe UAC, DK/SW FAB.
- Istanbul New Airport - Phase 1a.
Despite of the airspace enhancements implemented during AIRAC 1905 and the airspace design improvements put in place since AIRAC 1805 the potential route length offered extended compared to AIRAC 1805. This is - beside of changing traffic patterns – probably a consequence of increased number of flights with growing route extensions between origin and destination. The additional, potential route length extension during AIRAC cycle 1905 amounts to 37 000 NMs flown more compared to the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2018. This translates into 222 tons of fuel, or 740 tons of CO2, or € 185 000.
Based on the last filed flight plan indicator and as a result of the airspace design improvements put in place since AIRAC 1805 in connection with changing traffic patterns and the airline choices made, the actual losses calculated during the AIRAC cycle 1905 amount to 380 000 NMs flown more compared to the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2018. This translates into 2 280 tons of fuel, or
7 600 tons of CO2, or € 1 900 000.
While airspace design benefits continue to be implemented the network performance/ flight efficiency improves not to the maximum potential, as it is effected by various crisis and closed areas in adjacent airspace(s). The losses recorded on the last filed flight plan data during AIRAC cycle 1905 compared to the equivalent AIRAC cycle in 2018 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.