Air Traffic Evolution Air Traffic Evolution

PeriodAreaUpdate rateLast updateSource(s)Data
Jan-DecECAC areaQuarterly20-Mar-2020NM, CRCO, STATFOR

Average daily controlled flights

ECAC area

Average daily en-route Service Units (SU)

CRCO area (Jan-Dec)

Air traffic in the (ECAC) continued the positive trend observed over the past 5 five years in 2019. Air traffic grew by 0.8% compared to 2018, yet at a notably lower growth 6 rate compared to previous years. Compared to 2013 when the positive trend started, the ANS system controlled an additional 1.5 million flights (+15.4%) in 2019.
As in previous years, average aircraft size (+1.7% vs. 2018) and distance (+1.7% vs. 2018) continued to grow at a higher rate than flights in 2019 which consequently resulted also in a higher en-route service unit growth in 2019 (+2.8% vs. 2018).

Change by flight type

2019 vs. 2018

Change by traffic segment

2019 vs. 2018

Traffic variation by ANSP

2019 (Jan-Dec) vs. 2018 (Jan-Dec)

A total of 32 of the 42 Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) included in the analysis reported a traffic increase in 2019. In absolute terms, ENAV (Italy), CroatiaControl, ENAIRE (Spain), HCAA (Greece), SMATSA (Serbia/ Montenegro), and Austro Control showed the highest year on year growth in 2019.
Sakaeronavigatsia (Georgia), LFV (Sweden), Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), Skeyes (Belgium), and ANS CR (Czech Republic) showed the highest decrease in absolute terms in 2019

Traffic variation at the top 30 airports in terms of traffic

2019 (Jan-Dec) vs. 2018 (Jan-Dec)
The average traffic growth at the top 30 European airports in 2019 was of 1.7%, the lowest increase since 2013. The growth is distributed unevenly among the top 30 airports, with 9 airports showing less traffic than the previous year.
The opening of Istanbul Grand airport in April 2019 was the biggest airport development in Europe in years consequently replacing Istanbul Atatürk in the list of the top 30, which otherwise remains unchanged.