Airspace restrictions imposed because of the Kosovo crisis are causing 30% of air traffic delays in Europe, according to Eurocontrol. The level of delays due to the airspace restrictions has fallen and stabilised over the last month. In the first two weeks of the conflict about 50% of air traffic delays were directly attributed to the restrictions, Eurocontrol says. The airspace of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia remains closed and large parts of the airspace of adjacent states are shut or severely restricted. Europe's air traffic system is also coping with increased seasonal traffic and United Nations refugee flights, the latter receiving priority.

Source: Flight International