Weekly Review #209 - An increase in European summer traffic, a decrease in delays

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First up, we're seeing a positive start to the summer for the European aviation industry. Figures from last month show an increase of seven percent in traffic levels compared to June 2022. Meanwhile, air traffic flow management delays per flight are down by eight percent to 3.7 minutes per flight. This is despite the fact that weather delays increased by 50 percent.

Next, we're hearing news of new benchmarks coming out of Scotland. Earlier this month, the Shanwick Oceanic ATC team, based in the NATS Prestwick Centre, managed a record-breaking 1,805 aircraft movements, the highest number of Oceanic movements seen there in a 24-hour period.


From Africa, we're hearing about advancements in Cape Verde with Indra modernising the oceanic air traffic control centre on Sal Island, as well as the control towers in Santiago, Boa Vista, São Vicente and Sal. The state-of-the-art technology will enable the country’s National Airport and Air Safety Company (ASA) to manage a greater volume of traffic with safety and efficiency levels that surpass international standards. 


For all the air traffic controllers out there, we have an interesting series of new blogs for you. If you've ever wondered how getting an STDI rating online works, our very own Julija Razmislavičienė details her experience of the totally virtual course, coaching and exam. You can read the first blog here.


And last but definitely not least, we have a very special edition of Radar Contact. This week, I'll be answering the questions, exploring what we've learned from running the podcast, and what to expect from it in the future.


ANSP news

  • DFS Supervisory Board extends contract with CEO Arndt Schoenemann - Arndt Schoenemann will continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH beyond 2024. At its meeting on 7 July 2023, the Supervisory Board of DFS, the German air navigation service provider, approved the extension of Mr Schoenemann's contract until 2029. He took over his position on 1 April 2021.
  • Shanwick Oceanic ATC Set New Benchmarks - NATS Blog - The weekend of the 7th-9th July marked a pivotal moment for aviation. Our Shanwick Oceanic ATC team, based in NATS Prestwick Centre, Scotland, set new benchmarks for Oceanic traffic movements, whilst delivering high levels of efficiency and safety.

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Research and innovation

  • Using AI-powered delay prediction to improve daily airline operations - By successfully implementing FADE, our Forecast of ATFM Delay Evolution tool into the EUROCONTROL Network Manager's operational systems, EUROCONTROL is now successfully using AI-powered delay prediction to improve daily airline operations across the European aviation network.
  • U-space makes it “Big in Japan” - SESAR JU - In June, the SESAR 3 JU and project partners travelled to Japan to showcase their work on U-space and exchange on developments with the country’s aviation and drone community. The main purpose of the trip was a bilateral technical workshop with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), but also included meetings with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and participation at Japan Drone 2023.