Did the performance-oriented approach in ATM work as foreseen? How did the system change and what does it mean for the future? What lessons can be learned?
This report provides a brief description of the institutional background and illustrates some trends in terms of changes in air traffic demand in the European ATM system over the past 20 years. Subsequently, it highlights some of the network wide initiatives to improve the performance of the ATM network. The last part of the paper evaluates how ATM performance has changed over time and what lessons could be learned from the past with a view to further improve ATM performance in the future.
The key findings are that:
- Focus on performance clearly yielded benefits but has not delivered the improvements anticipated.
- Increased network focus and less fragmentation is key to realising future performance improvements.
- The capacity crisis in 2018/19 underlined that a balanced approach is necessary to avoid one performance area improving at the expense of others.
- Delivering future performance requires transformational change not just evolution.
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