In its relatively new role as Europe’s ATC “network manager,” Eurocontrol achieved its time target for en route flight delays in 2013. But more so than in the previous year, air traffic controller job actions prevented better performance, the agency said.
Air traffic flow management
In April 805,239 flights were recorded in Europe, an increase of 5.6 percent over the same month the previous year. “This increase is beyond our initial forecast, which predicted a four-percent increase in the short, medium and long term,” said Víctor Aguado, director general of Eurocontrol.
Every day in Europe, aircraft take to the skies more than 30,000 times, and this summer is predicted to be one of the busiest ever in European airspace. Traffic numbers from June 29–when there were 33,480 flights–bear out this prediction.
Faced with the likelihood of the number of flights in Europe doubling to 17 million by 2020, the European Commission launched the ambitious Single European Sky (SES) ATM implementation program– now dubbed Sesar, replacing the former Sesame moniker.