Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) Annual Report 2014

Delivering value to the network

EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) provides safe and effective air traffic management to one of Europe’s busiest airspace regions.

In 2014, air traffic increased by 2.4% over 2013, reaching a total of 1,671,185 flights. This was 1.7% above the baseline scenario of the STATFOR seven-year forecast (October 2013) and marks a clear return to growth in the MUAC airspace from the 2008 pre-crisis traffic values. Remarkably, a disproportionate traffic increase was observed in the Brussels sector group. The average daily traffic volume for the year reached 4,579 flights, while the average daily traffic volume over the key summer months (May-October) amounted to 5,040 flights. Significantly, the summer months saw a 2.1% increase in traffic compared to 2013.

Punctuality was maintained at very high levels, with 98.9% of flights unimpeded. This helped to maintain a good level of performance with an average ATFM delay per flight of 0.17 minutes. In spite of an increase in the delay indicator between 2013 and 2014 (from 0.07 to 0.17 minutes), MUAC managed to achieve the capacity target set for 2014 of 0.20 minutes average delay per flight. The unpredicted and uneven distribution of the traffic growth across the three sector groups resulted in a marked increase in delay in the Brussels sector, which accounted for over 75% of the total delay.

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Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) Annual Report 2014