Weekly review #44 - April 15th

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Posted by Vincent Lambercy

When times are tough, the best way is forward. Helios and ADP ingénierie look towards and discuss key areas of a 'new normal' phase for the industry to adapt to the world once COVID-19 will be gone. By working together and staying (virtually) connected, the industry will thrive again. 

But that doesn't mean there won't be casualties. Costs are being cut. One of the first that we have seen is the cancellation of tenders by NAV Portugal. Is this a trend, will there be more? The cancellation notice mentions COVID-19 with no current plans to extend. Here is a short analysis of how ANSPs are reacting.

Special mention to the most prominent news over the last week, which is the fact that EUROCONTROL have announced they will defer the payment of up to €1.1 billion of ATC fees due. This will offer relief to the whole industry, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) thanking EUROCONTROL member states and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPS) for the decision. 

ANSP news

Context information

  • Airlines grateful for air traffic control charges delay - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thanked Eurocontrol member states and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) for agreeing to delay payments due for air navigation services in February through to May this year.

  • CANSO urges European States to back rescue package for ANSPs - CANSO Director General, Simon Hocquard said: "We absolutely recognise the pain that the airlines are going through and welcome the clarity the first EUROCONTROL proposal provides to our Members. However, our message has always been clear – this is an industry-wide problem that requires an industry-wide solution.

  • COVID-19 and aviation: planning for the ‘new normal’ - In this article, Helios explores some of the key areas that airlines, airports and ANSPs can look at in order to adapt to the 'new normal' over the next six to 24 months.

  • ADP ingénierie: airports face a change of paradigm - At the end of the pandemic, the re-start of the air connectivity will be an issue. Apart from resuming their facilities and implementing long-term strict containment measures, airport stakeholders will have to adapt their strategy and investments, and plan short-term projects aimed at restoring passengers’ trust.

Research and innovation



Our webinar interview with Johannes Schuster from Aeroficial Intelligence is available to access here. He offers some excellent insights to air traffic and airport capacity enhancements using analytics, big data and AI. Let us know how you find it. 


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