Aviation is one of the most affected sectors by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. The impact is estimated at a massive loss of more than 140 million euros revenue in 2020. According to EUROCONTROL, Air Traffic is in free fall with a decrease of 54% in September compared to 2019.

All ATM stakeholders affected

COVID-19 has not only affected airlines but also the entire aviation ecosystem: air navigation service providers, airports, manufacturers, pilots, etc. Facing a forecast of falling demand, border closures and travel restrictions within European Union and internationally, point to a continued decrease in air traffic. A return to a post-COVID situation is expected for 2024 according to experts.

The European Commission and other European institutions must consider all actors to find a comprehensive and viable solution for ATM. As a common objective, the financial crises due to exceptional flights drop needs to be managed as quick as possible, without slowing down the implementation of the Single European Sky proposal and the transition to the European Green Deal.

How could ATM get out of the crisis?  

This crisis shows that ATM systems must be more flexible and more resilient to variations in air traffic. As the amount of data to be managed and integrated will continue to increase, ANSPs need to develop and improve ATM operations while ensuring security and continuity of services. Anticipating crises requires better data management and a resilient system. ATM must be transformed through digitalization, integrating the best of new technologies and innovation in the aviation sector and continuing to implement the Airspace Architecture Study objectives and limiting environmental impacts. Coflight Cloud Services is fully engaged in this movement, being the first player to offer SWIM compliant services for trajectory management supporting the deployment of the Single European Sky (SES 2+).