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Ryanair: "urgent action to prevent meltdown of Europe's ATC"

"ATC Staff Shortages/Strikes crisis is disrupting millions of passengers this Summer"

The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair communicates it today in a press release to have "Called for urgent action by the EU Commission and European Governments to arrest the alarming deterioration in Europe’s ATC services during the months of May and June, and prevent a full meltdown of ATC services this summer.

In May 2018:

– Over 117,000 flights were delayed with 61% (over 71,000 flights) due to ATC staff shortages and strikes.

– Over 56,000 flights were delayed more than 15 minutes, a fourfold increase on the 14,000 flights delayed more than 15 minutes in May 2017.

– Weather delays accounted for 39% (45,000 flights), a fourfold increase in the 11,000 weather delays of May 2017.

– Strangely, a majority (almost 60%) of these weather delays took place on Fridays and Saturdays rather than the other 5 days of the week, which suggests that ATC providers are using adverse weather to cover their staff shortages.

– The EU target delay for 2018 is an average of 0.5 minutes per flight. However, the current forecast for 2018 is now heading towards 1.5 minutes per flight, nearly treble the EU target.

– In May, Ryanair cancelled just over 1,000 flights, almost all due to ATC staff shortages and strikes. This was 24 times the 43 flights cancelled in May 2017.

– In May, easyJet cancelled 974 flights compared to just 117 in May 2017.

– In May, IAG CEO Willie Walsh said: 'The thing most impacted is ATC strikes and the ongoing ATC environment, which is a mess. It is destroying traffic throughout Europe. We thought it would get better in 2018 but it’s getting worse'".

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