One of the biggest questions on everyone's lips these days, and as discussed in NATS' recent blog is: Will we get a green light for the summer?
The UK in particular is hopeful for some sort of international movement.
According to NATS' data, this year's traffic was at 23% of 2019 levels compared with virtually nothing last year, but that figure isn’t the full story.:
It doesn’t show up the fact that much of that traffic was overflights of the UK, while European traffic is down to around 13% of 2019 levels.
It doesn't highlight the fact that a lot of these movements were local ones – private flyers, who were allowed to take to the skies again from March 29, and who took full advantage of the fabulous Bank Holiday weather.
Most flights at the moment are cargo with far fewer passengers flying than would ordinarily be the case.
So, what does that all mean? The UK is still waiting for clarity on the criteria for the traffic light system and testing regime. And the frustrating truth is that we still don’t know. The longer it takes for the Government to establish what it will do, the less time it leaves for the industry to prepare, and the more consumer confidence erodes.
In other news, LGS and Riga Airport complete major project to improve service quality and safety. As of 6 April, Riga International Airport becomes the first. and so far only airport in the Baltic States, to join more then 30 European airports employing A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) procedure. This allows for a significant improvement in service quality and safety for airspace users and passengers.
Great news for them! During a difficult time in aviation, it's very promising to see the implementation of a large and important project that focuses on the future development of the airport and flights out of Riga after the end of the pandemic, as well as for improved service quality for passengers and higher flight safety.
We wish them the best of luck!
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- LGS and Riga Airport complete major project to improve service quality and safety - As of 6 April Riga International Airport becomes the first and so far only airport in the Baltic States to join more then 30 European airports employing A-CDM procedures which allow for significantly improving service quality and safety for airspace users and passengers.
- ERA has signed a new contract to provide ADS-B coverage of airspace in Bhutan - ERA announced that it had been awarded a contract to deliver an ADS-B system monitoring air traffic over the Kingdom of Bhutan.
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Reports and data
- International travel – will we get a green light for the summer? - NATS Blog - We now have three Good Fridays to compare. This year traffic was at 23% of 2019 levels compared with virtually nothing last year, but that figure isn’t the full story.
- Novosibirsk Passenger Traffic on Domestic Airlines Increased by 6% in January - Airport Technology - During the first month of 2021, the airport has served 2,495 flights (-4.2% compared to the same period of the last year).
- During the first quarter of this year the number of flights was twice smaller than the previous year - During the first quarter of this year, the total number of flights decreased by 52 percent in comparison to the same period in 2020.
UAV and UTM
- New Zealand invites feedback on new drone regulatory regime to enable safe integration of drones - Unmanned airspace - New Zealand’s Ministry of Transport is seeking feedback on its proposal to enhance the country’s drone regulatory regime and enable the integration of drones into the civil aviation system.
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