Aircraft operators are charged a single amount per flight, irrespective of the number of States overflown. The CRCO calculates route charges using flight messages sent by the Contracting States’ Route Charges Offices(RCOs) and additional flight information made available via the EUROCONTROL Network Management Directorate (NMD). The CRCO bills aircraft operators on a monthly basis, collects charges and disburses the amounts collected to the States every week.
Report on the operation of the route charges system in 2021
The CRCO operates the Route Charges System on behalf of the Contracting States.
In 2021, 41 Member States* participated in the EUROCONTROL Route Charges System
Long-term recovery rate
Total Service Units
+26.9% on 2020
-46.2% on 2019
Flight Messages processed
+22.6% on 2020
-43.9% on 2019
€ 4.1 billion
Route Charges billed
+28.3% on 2020
-47.5% on 2019
*Ukraine was technically integrated as of 1 November 2021.
The documents below provide an overview of the major developments of the EUROCONTROL Route Charges System as well as the cost-bases, unit rates and statistical information on the operations of the system.