From 1 January 2020, EUROCONTROL is now using the actual route flown as recorded by the EUROCONTROL Network Manager to establish the distance factor used for the calculation of route charges.
This is in contrast to the previous practice, whereby the distance factor was calculated based on the last filed flight plan. This change, driven by increasing availability of flight and aircraft data, will ensure that air navigation service providers (ANSPs) receive revenues for those flights that have actually passed through their airspace. It should also increase predictability, and as a result support the most efficient use of airspace in the Network, as it takes away the incentive for airlines to file “route charges optimised” flight plans that are not always adhered to.
This change is part of an update of the “Conditions of Application of the Route Charges System and Conditions of Payment” and of the “Principles for establishing the cost-base for en route charges and the calculation of the unit rates”, which brings enhancement to the EUROCONTROL multilateral route charges system as well as ensuring consistency with the SES regulatory framework.