Figures for December 2012 show traffic decreasing by 5.6%, the lowest level of monthly traffic for five years. When it comes to delays, total Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delays decreased by 2.1% compared with December 2011, with a more significant drop for en-route ATFM delays. There was, however, a slight increase in airport ATFM delays. The average ATFM delay per flight remained stable at 0.9 minutes.
Highlights of the month were:
- Adverse weather conditions at major airports; London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt Main.
- Several system implementations and upgrades which had small to no network impact: VOLMUK cutover in Germany (EDMM, EDUU), Free-route airspace in Finland (EFES), paperless strip system trial in France (LFBB, LFMM and LFRR), Interface Reims Paris (IRP) airspace design project in France (LFFF and LFEE), shadow operations in Budapest and Bratislava.
With December results, the annual en-route delay for 2012 is 0.63 min/flt (0.57 min/flt excluding the industrial actions). With this result, the network met the annual delay reference value of 0.70 min/flt for 2012 but it stayed above the delay forecast contained in 2012 Network Operations Plan (0.45 min/flt).