In 2016, the state enterprise ANS CR recorded the third consecutive record-breaking volume of air traffic in Czech airspace. An evaluation of operating results once again confirmed the excellent condition of international air transport and the long-term attractiveness of Czech airspace for airlines.
The total number of movements over the Czech Republic rose to 836,917 in 2016, which is more than twice as much compared to 2002. The annual increase, in comparison to 2015, amounts to 6.95 % (782,553).
"The mission of ANS CR is always, and under all circumstances, to ensure maximum safety in Czech airspace. This goal was achieved in 2016, when the highest number of movements ever was recorded. At the same time, we provided our customers with all the services at the required capacity while almost no delay was noticed in Czech airspace" Jan Klas CEO of ANS CR, commented on the operating results.
Although Czech airspace is one of the busiest and most complex airspaces in Europe, ANS CR annually achieves optimal results in safety, capacity and cost efficiency in providing air navigation services. The average delay value in 2016 amounted to 0.01 minutes per flight, which is significantly below the 0.09 minutes per flight (it is the maximum delay for Czech airspace determined by the European Commission in the context of the performance plan).
From an economic perspective, another positive indication is the dynamic 7.9% increase in the number of the so-called service units in 2016. It is caused by the increasing number of kilometers flown, as well as by an increase in maximum take-off weight of aircraft in Czech airspace. The company's biggest customer remains Lufthansa, followed by Emirates and Turkish Airlines.
In the long term, airline providers find Czech airspace very attractive, especially for its safety, sufficient capacity and customer-oriented pricing policy.
ANS CR has not increased its prices for the provided services since 2009. Since February 2015, flight routes in the Czech airspace can be optimized in accordance with the so-called Free Route Airspace concept. This progressive approach significantly saves consumption of fuel and, at the same time, mitigates the impact of air traffic on the environment.
Significant recovery in air traffic continues at Prague Airport, where the busiest traffic since 2011 was recorded last year. The total number of movements (take-offs and landings) increased annually by 6.4 % to 136,419.
Selected operating information from the Czech airspace
Total number of movements in 2016
The strongest month – July 2016
The strongest day – July 30, 2016
Total number of passengers in Czech airspace in 2016*
* At the average capacity of 150 seats per aircraft
The state enterprise Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) was established on 1 January 1995. In accordance with authorisation from the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic, it provides public aviation services to users of Czech airspace as well as Prague - Ruzyně, Brno - Tuřany, Ostrava – Mošnov, and Karlovy Vary Airports.
For further information contact: Richard Klíma, Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: +420 220 37 2093, 724 172 186, www.ans.cz