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Cyprus 7th among top delay-generating locations for flights, says Eurocontrol

There were significant delays for flights using Cyprus` airspace in July, a Eurocontrol report said, adding that Nicosia’s area control centre ranked in 7th place among the 20 top delay-generating locations.

Concerning delays for en-route flights only, Nicosia came first, with an average delay of 2.89 min per flight in July, with the report noting however a decrease compared to June 2015.

According to the Monthly Network Operations Report, issued recently by Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the safety of air navigation, the top delay location is Sabiha Gökçen airport, in the Asian side of Istanbul, followed by the air control centres in the French city of Brest, alongside Maastricht and Athens.
The same report notes that for the first time in Europe in the last five years, the average daily traffic was over 31,000 flights per day, marking a 2.1 per cent increase compared to July 2014.

It is also added that recurrent capacity problems at both Istanbul airports – Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen – accounted for 12.8 per cent of the total Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delays in July, while heavy traffic loads combined with staffing issues made for significant delays in Greece and Cyprus.
Seasonal weather, particularly in northwestern Europe, added to these problems, resulting in an increase in delays of 37.1 per cent in July 2015, compared with July 2014. En-route ATFM delays increased by 29.8 per cent and airport ATFM delays increased by 51.4 per cent.

Concerning Cyprus, the Eurocontrol report observes high traffic growth and capacity or staffing problems, which resulted in significant delays. The system upgrade in Nicosia area control centre also generated delays, the report adds.

Delays for en-route flights over Cyprus stood at 2.89 min per flight on average in July, down from 3.69 min in June. (CNA)

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