Air traffic has been punctual in the first three quarters of 2012

Air traffic in FABEC airspace is punctual; the service quality provided by the seven FABEC air navigation service providers ANA (Luxembourg), Belgocontrol (Belgium), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), LVNL (Netherlands), MUAC (EUROCONTROL), and skyguide (Switzerland) is improving continuously.
This, in a nutshell, is the message derived from the latest FABEC performance report containing data for the first three quarters of 2012. In this period, the en-route air traffic flow management delay per controlled flight decreased from 0.83 minutes (2011) to 0.65 minutes. Only 3.4 percent (2011: 4.7 percent) of all 4.23 million controlled flights (2011: 4.29 million) had delays. And only 1.68 percent of the flights had a departure delay of more than 15 minutes, and these were mainly long-haul flights. This reduction of delay during the first three quarters of 2012 amounts to an estimated saving of EUR 67 million when compared to the delays in the same period in 2011.

We are quite happy with this positive result, said Paul Riemens, CEO (LVNL) in charge of coordinating operations in FABEC, which is mainly based on improvements made by the ANSPs individually. Nevertheless, we can see that FABEC-wide initiatives, such as the FABEC Olympic Cell and growing cooperation behind the scenes between the control centres, are contributing to the results.

As we are currently well on track to stay below the delay target value for 2012, I am satisfied. But we have to be cautious with the expectations that may arise from these numbers both in regard to the fulfilment of our target for 2014 and in regard to the upcoming definition of new targets for the years 2015-2019. As we are dependent on unpredictable external factors such as weather conditions or even industrial action, I am strongly advocating for realism, underlined Hans Plets, Chairman of the FABEC ANSP Performance Management Group.
Roland Beran


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