Eurocontrol reports 7% fall in flights for November; LFAs show first drop for 15 years
In November 2008 there were 7% fewer flights in Europe than during the same month last year, according to Eurocontrol. A fall of this magnitude has not been seen since the months immediately following 9/11.
The organisation points out that even the low-fare airlines had fewer flights in November than in November 2007, the first such decline for the LFAs in 15 years. Also, November was the first full month of operation of the airlines' winter schedules, for which many airlines had announced cut-backs.
"In the current economic circumstances, there remains a strong possibility that the traffic situation could weaken further and it could be 2010 before we see much growth again. However, demand in the longer term is still set to rise substantially and traffic in Europe will rise from 10 million flights today to 18 million in 2030; so the long-term problem of congestion remains," says David Marsh, manager of forecasting and statistics at Eurocontrol.