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States agree ATC unit rate for 2022

States agree ATC unit rate for 2022

30 November 2021: The EUROCONTROL member state ATC unit rates for were formally agreed and adopted by the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council on 25 November and will come into effect on 1 January 2022.  

The final average unit rate for 2022 is equal to €54.41, increasing by 10.7 per cent compared to 2021:

  • For the calculation of their final forecast costs, the EUROCONTROL Member States estimated inflation at 2.4 per cent on average in 2022.

SES States calculated their final unit rates based on draft Performance Plans prepared in accordance with the exceptional measures adopted by the EU Commission. On average, their unit rates will increase by 13.6% in 2022 compared to the 2021 unit rates established in accordance with the performance plans of November 2019.

Most of the Determined Cost States have updated their traffic forecast according to STATFOR October 2021 Forecast. States applying the full cost recovery method have updated their 2022 traffic and costs forecasts according to the latest available information. Their average unit rate will increase by 9.3 per cent in 2022 compared to the 2021 unit rates established in accordance with their final figures of November 2020.

The rate of interest on late payment was set at 9.48 per cent p/a.

The draft decision from the Provisional Council, with all the unit rates for 2022, is available here.

A quick comparison compared to 2021 is available here.

If you require any further information, including detailed breakdown and data by individual state, please contact


1 November 2021: The EUROCONTROL Central Route Charges Office bills and collects route charges from airspace users which in turn covers the cost of the provision of en-route air navigation services (ANS), amounting to approximately 96 per cent of the revenues required by air navigation service providers (ANSPs)

COVID-19 has however created a massive revenue shortfall with a funding gap that is expected reach €8.6 billion by year end. As result of the traffic risk sharing mechanism as laid out in EU regulation this means that the shortfall will have to paid for by the airlines, spread out from 2023 for a period of 5-7 years until at least 2028.

The latest Think Paper assesses whether the European Route Charges System is still fit for the future in the wake of a pandemic, which has put enormous pressure on the way these services are financed.

Whilst it concludes that while the Route Charges System has shown its capacity to evolve and adapt, it also notes that the system faces a series of challenges from the way pan-European ANS is funded, to capacity, delays and sustainability considerations as traffic returns.

It also notes that Single European Sky options such as a single unit rate and/or modulation of charges should be considered.

ERAs position remains that a single unit rate nor modulation of charges cannot be supported at this point of time.

With respect to a common unit rate there is no detail on how it would be implemented and therefore we are currently unable to assess what the implications would be on our members.

We believe that setting more challenging national performance targets, which would also benefit the environment by facilitating operational efficiencies should be prioritised rather than the modulation of charges.  Other regulatory initiatives such as Clean Sky (SAF), CORSIA and ETS (CO2 emissions) etc. are in place for this purpose and thus the focus should remain on those operational and technical pillars that will deliver environmental benefits.