Skyguide reports stronger than expected traffic growth in first six months.
Skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation service provider (ANSP), managed and monitored 590,091 civil instrument flight rules (IFR) flights in the first six months of 2017, a 3.2% increase on the same period last year. The rise in traffic was however accompanied by a new increase of 21.7% of the delay per flight with respect to the record first half of the previous year, affecting 3.5% of flights.
More flights handled
The monthly air traffic volumes handled by skyguide consistently increased in the first half of 2017. The biggest increase was recorded in April, with 5.2%. At the same time, the growth recorded in skyguide’s first-half air traffic volumes was still below the European average of 4.2% – a figure strongly influenced by the increase in flights added to the network by the UK, Spain and Germany.
As Eurocontrol’s STATFOR-sourced statistics confirm, 2017 first-half traffic volume trends also showed strong variations among the traffic categories. However, all market segments are in growth, and charter traffic has recovered, thanks namely to the lifting of the ban on charter flights between the Russian Federation and Turkey, in August 2016.
First-half air traffic volume trends by category (Europe)
Traditional airlines + 2.5%
Low-cost carriers + 7.7%
Charter flights + 2.8%
Cargo flights + 7.1%
Business aviation + 6.2%
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