European Bizav Traffic To Grow 50 Percent

 - November 21, 2006, 11:01 AM

A report issued last week by Eurocontrol projects that over the next 10 years Europe’s fleet of turbine business aircraft will grow by about 4 percent annually, from some 2,000 today to approximately 3,000 by 2015. “This means around 1,100 extra flights each day in Europe by 2015, which will add 0.4 percent per year to predicted growth in flights, or up to 0.7 percent in a scenario with strong growth in very light jet traffic.” The report, “Getting to the Point: Business Aviation in Europe,” says that last year business aircraft made nearly 7 percent of the 9.2 million flights in Europe. “Growth on these levels presents a number of challenges for air traffic management [ATM],” said Bo Redeborn, director of ATM strategies at Eurocontrol. “Business aviation generates peaks of demand at airports, and getting the different types of traffic to their preferred flight levels creates additional traffic complexity for controllers. Aviation stakeholders need to examine these issues to ensure that we will be able to handle the predicted growth in business aviation both safely and efficiently.”