Achieving operational and environmental efficiency is currently a key theme across Europe’s airports. David McMillan, Director General, EUROCONTROL, who is chairing a session in the Airport Operations Conference at ACI Airport Exchange, outlined what needs to be done to achieve a truly efficient system for capacity by 2020.
Despite the economic difficulties being experienced across much of Europe this Summer, the region’s airports and airlines have remained reasonably resilient according to anna.aero’s analysis of OAG schedule data for August. This shows that across 644 European airports scheduled seat capacity is up 1.2%, while aircraft movements are down 1.5%. Considering that since last summer two major airlines have closed down (Malév and Spanair) and a number of smaller regional carriers have also ceased operating (Air Finland, Cimber Sterling, Czech Connect Airlines, Skyways) a small increase in total seat capacity can be viewed as impressive.