Eurocontrol said it handled a record number of flights during 2016. Nominated to be Network Manager by the European Commission, Eurocontrol said it handled 10.6 million flights in 2017. That represented an increase of 4.4% compared to 2016, which was also a record year.
“2017 was an exceptionally busy year with some significant challenges such as weather and industrial action,” said Joe Sultana, Network Manager director. “The Network Manager’s role is to ensure the levels of traffic demand can be accommodated safely, efficiently and with the minimum impact on the environment. Meanwhile, we have also been working with the European Commission to deliver the organizational changes requested for our re-nomination.”
The Network Manager is charged with managing airspace design, network planning and flow management. It also is responsible for scarce resources like transponder code allocations and radio frequencies. The Network Manager collaborates with airspace users, as well as the airports and air navigation service providers in Eurocontrol’s 41 member states and two comprehensive agreement states.