Network Operations Report – March 2019

Traffic in March 2019 increased by 1.5% compared to March 2018 and was below the low forecast.

Note that the 2018 summer schedule with higher traffic levels started a week earlier than summer 2019, which partially explains the relatively lower growth. Seven states added more than 50 flights daily to the network with Austria, Germany and Italy as the top contributors.

En-route ATFM delays (23,368 min/daily) increased by 35.3% and airport ATFM delays (19,385 min/daily) increased by 52.2% compared to March 2018. There were, on average, 542 daily flights with an en-route ATFM delay of at least 15 minutes (+48.1% compared to March 2018).

Highlights

En-route:

  • High en-route capacity delays in Karlsruhe UAC;
  • ATC staffing issues in Karlsruhe, Brussels and Vienna ACCs;
  • Belgian ATC industrial action affected operations in Brussels ACC (and Belgian airports) from 19 to 28 March;
  • ATC industrial action in France on 19 March;

Airport:

  • Strong winds and low visibility impacted operations strongly at Amsterdam/Schiphol and London/Heathrow airports;
  • Single runway operations at Madrid/Barajas due to work in progress.

The average en-route ATFM delay per flight in the NM areai in March was 0.85 min/flt, which is above the corresponding monthly guidelineii value of 0.23 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2019 in the NM areai is 0.57 min/flt which is well above the corresponding guideline of 0.16 min.

Files

Network Operations Report - March 2019 - Overview
Network Operations Report - March 2019 - Analysis