Monthly Network Operations Report: Overview - October 2012
Traffic decreased by 2% while total ATFM delays decreased by 48% compared to October 2011. En-route ATFM delays reduced by half, airport ATFM delays reduced by one third.
Highlights of the month:
- Continued staffing and capacity problems at Langen ACC produced the same level of delay as last month,
- The French strike on 22-24 October produced 70,000 minutes of delay,
- Social issues in Portugal caused significant delay increase at Lisbon ACC,
- Traffic rerouting due to the French strike and the Portuguese staffing issues caused extra delays in Spain,
- Adverse weather conditions caused significant delays at some major airports, particularly at London Heathrow,
- Hurricane Sandy had no impact on European delays but impacted the Europe-North Atlantic traffic with an estimated 1000 fewer flights.
- The Greek strike of 18 October had no significant network impact.
The current Year-to-Date en-route delay of 0.68 min/flt (0.61 min/flt without the industrial actions) is still lower than the guideline* level (0.75 min/flt) but above the delay forecast as contained in the NOP (0.45 min/flt).