Skyguide strengthened its position in 2009 in what proved a difficult year in economic terms. The general recession prompted a decline of around 7.2 per cent in total air traffic volume, compared to the prior year. But by taking prompt corrective action, skyguide was able to offset the corresponding revenue decline. As a result of these actions, the CHF 9.14 million operating loss sustained for the 2009 business year was smaller than the budgeted deficit of CHF 12.01 million. Skyguide still sustained a loss for the year, however. The redink operating result continues to reflect the current cost underrecovery for the company’s services at regional aerodromes and for the services provided in the adjoining airspace of neighbouring countries delegated to its control.