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EUROCONTROL publish latest data snapshots

EUROCONTROL publish latest data snapshots

16 November 2021: In the past fortnight, EUROCONTROL have published two new data snapshots. The first covers the level of delays in the Network with traffic now at approximately 75 per centof 2019 levels. The second analyses the advancement in cruising levels and the positive environmental impacts therein.

The first data snapshot, published on 3 November, demonstrates the relationship between the increase in flights over the 2021 summer season, and the increase in delays experienced over the same period. Earlier in the year, the checking of COVID documentation resulted in delays up to 0.7mins per fight at Network level, however Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delays started to increase again as traffic demand recovered. Whilst not as serious as the capacity crisis experienced in 2018/2019, it’s clear that capacity shortfalls are staring to be felt across the Network.

However, at the moment, reactionary delays are not as prevalent as previously seen, but this is most likely due to natural firebreaks in airline’s schedules due to the reduced demand.

The second paper, published on 9 November plots the increased cruising altitudes that aircraft operate at over the past 25 years and highlights both the advances in aircraft technology and the advent of Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) as the two key enablers to this progression, resulting in an annual reduction of "almost 1 million tonnes of CO2 every year".

These and other data snapshots can be accessed directly from the EUROCONTROL’s data archive webpage by clicking here: