Eurocontrol Network Operations reports for November and December show that Total Traffic for Europe (average daily departures) is continuing the recovery which commenced in April 2013.
December 2014 traffic was 1.6% higher than December 2013.
Traffic for all of 2014 was 1.8% higher than 2013.but remained 1.8% below the level of 2011.
The airlines providing most of the increase of 340 daily flights for December were
- Low Cost Carriers (Ryanair, Easyjet, Aegean, Vueling, Pegasus and Wizz added a total of 338 flights);
- Turkish Airlines which maintained its growth with 75 additional flights; and
- The Middle East carriers (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar) who added a total of 54 flights
In contrast there was a large reduction in flights by Lufthansa (223 flights) due to industrial action and the transfer of certain fights to German Wings which recorded an increase of 148 daily flights.
There were also reductions by Air France, Swiss International, Norwegian Air Shuttle, HOP, and Ukraine International which contributed a combined decrease of 97 average daily flights.
Ryanair has increased its share of total departures from 4.9% to 5.3%.
The airports receiving the largest traffic increases in the number of average daily departures in December 2014 were, Istanbul/Ataturk, Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen, Athens, London/City Madrid, London/Stansted, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Warsaw/Chopin airports.
The traffic increased significantly at London/City mainly because of Flybe started to operate there.
The largest decreases in the number of average daily departures were at Frankfurt/Main, Milano/Malpensa, Wien, Oslo/Gerdermoen, Praha/Ruzyne and Lyon/St Exupery.
Istanbul/Ataturk has now consolidated its position as the third busiest airport after London/LHR and Paris/CDG.
The virtual suspension in overflight traffic over Ukraine caused routings of flows between North-West Europe and Middle-East/South-East Asia and the following changes in overflights: Hungary (+16%), Romania (+25%), Bulgaria (+48%), Turkey (+24%), Moldova (-66%) and Armenia (-29%).
Closure of Libyan airspace since July has resulted in a 35% fall in overflights for Malta. and a 16% increase for Greece as due to rerouting of flows between North-West Europe and Southern Africa/Eastern Africa.
Total ATFM delays in December 2014 decreased by 33.1% compared to December 2013.providing a decrease in the 12-month rolling trend of ATFM delay for the first time since June 2014.
The initial estimate for 2014 End of the Year average en-route ATFM delay per flight in the NM area is 0.61 min/flt, and the monthly average Airport Delay is shown as 0.4min/flt.
This adds to a Total ATFM Delay of 1.01 min/flt which would be a 12% increase over 2013.
The number of flights per day with an ATFM delay of at least 15 minutes is shown as 432 in 2014compared to 346 in 2013, an increase of 25%.