Traffic decreased by 4.4%, which is the lowest level for January traffic for the past five years. Total ATFM delays increased by 33% compared to January 2012 due to a 79% increase in airport weather delays. The average ATFM delay per flight remained stable at 0.9 minutes for the third month in a row. En-route ATFM delays were slightly lower than January 2012.
Highlights of the month were:
Adverse weather conditions at major airports; London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt Main and Geneva.
ATC participation in industrial action by French public services between 30/01/2013 and 01/02/2013.
Several system implementations and upgrades which had small to no network impact: VOLMUK cutover in Germany (Munich, Karlsruhe ACC’s), paperless strip system training in Brest ACC, Interface Reims Paris (IRP) airspace design project in France and COOPANS implementation in Stockholm ACC.
The annual en-route ATFM delay reference value for performance monitoring is 0.60 min/flt for 2013. January's en-route ATFM delay per flight was 0.2 minutes and is within the NM expected level for January.
The monthly Network Operations Report overview provides a high level view of the performance of the European ATM network in January 2013, whilst the analysis provides a detailed view. The combined report are also available as a zip file.