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In Europe, flight delays increased by 400%

In Europe, flight delays increased by 400%

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The main reason for these delays is insufficient air traffic control capacity.

The number of flight delays in the EU has increased by more than 400% compared to previous years. This was reported by the largest association of EU airlines (accounting for 70% of air traffic in Europe) Airlines for Europe.

“The gap between airline demand and European airspace capacity risks not closing because the EU has failed to provide sufficient airspace capacity,” the association warned.

The report presents the results of monitoring the air navigation services of the Single European Sky.

“This is not just a report; it is a call to action. We need to improve the capacity of the European airspace, carry out reforms in its operations so that airlines can work more efficiently,” said the association’s director Urania Georgoutsaku.

The main reasons for delays are insufficient air traffic control (ATC) capacity, weather and other reasons. The war in Ukraine has also had a disastrous effect. The average departure delay due to various reasons is 19.03 minutes per flight.

In addition to airport capacity issues, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) were not prepared for resuming traffic, and others suffered network outages. Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine has also had adverse effects.

We remind you that on the evening of Monday, August 28, Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports were closed in Moscow for the reception and departure of aircraft.

Moscow airports restrict flights due to “UAV attack”

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Source: korrespondent

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