Network Operations Report - February 2016

15 March 2016

Traffic in February 2016 increased by 3.2% compared to February 2015 and was in line with the base forecast updated in September 2015. Traffic avoiding Brest ACC, southerly jetstreams and increased traffic growth between UK and Spain resulted in traffic increases for Shannon, Shanwick and Santa Maria ACCs. Traffic flows between Europe and both the United States and United Arab Emirates increased but traffic between Europe, the Russian Federation, Egypt and Tunisia continued to decline compared to February 2015.

Total ATFM delays increased by 56.7% in February 2016. En-route ATFM delays increased by 196%; airport ATFM delays increased by 19.6%.

Highlights include:

  • ATFM delays in Brest ACC due to ERATO ATM system implementation with additional ATFM delays in Paris, Madrid and Canarias ACCs due to locally reported traffic onload; however, Brest ACCs average en-route ATFM delay/flight decreased for the second consecutive month;
  • Seasonal weather impacted operations particularly at London/Heathrow, Amsterdam/Schiphol, Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen and Istanbul/Ataturk airports; en-route weather (in conjunction with increased traffic to the ski destinations) contributed to en-route delays in Paris ACC and Marseille TMA;
  • Airport capacity delays at Istanbul/Sabiha Gökcen and Istanbul/Ataturk airports;
  • Implementation of London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP) generated ATFM delays mainly during the first half of the month; some ATFM delays in Maastricht (new Division Flight Level (DFL)) and Langen (P2 system implementation) ACCs;
  • Technical issues in Zurich (DF issues) and Malta (frequency problems) ACCs and at Frankfurt/Main airport (ILS unserviceable); ATFM measures due to fuel spillage at London/Gatwick airport on 29 February generated airport ATFM delays.

The average en-route delay per flight in NM area[i} in February 2016 was 0.40 min/flt, which was above the monthly guideline[iI} value of 0.21 min/flt. The average YTD en-route ATFM delay per flight in 2016 in the NM area is 0.46 min/flt, which is above the corresponding guideline value of 0.20 min/flt.

[i] See Notice in Overview for more information on NM Area.

[ii] NM’s calculation that provides the guideline en-route delay (min) requirements to achieve the annual target (0.5 min/flight).

The monthly Network Operations Report overview provides a high level view of the performance of the European ATM network in February 2016, whilst the analysis provides a detailed view.

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