Eurocontrol is seeking to close the gap between capacity provision and traffic demand while traffic levels are lower than normal. Announcing a 0.6% fall in air traffic in Europe last year and a 4.4% drop for the last quarter, Eurocontrol predicts that demand will return and intends to work with air traffic services providers to increase capacity.

Traffic dropped to 8.39 million flights in 2001 (8.44 million in 2000), and from 2.81 million between September-December 2000 to 2.68 million for the same period last year. The traffic drop meant fewer delays, with 16.6% of flights delayed in 2001, compared with 18.6% in 2000.

Source: Flight International