TheGran Canaria airport It is the one that lost the most air traffic in December with a decrease of 5.4% and an average of 179 daily movements less than average, according to Eurocontrol data released on Tuesday.
In general, the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, as well as the control centers in Madrid, Barcelona and the Canary Islands are among the 20 European infrastructures that registered the most delays last December, a month in which the falls of Daily traffic at the airport of Gran Canaria and Palma de Mallorca.
The Madrid control center is in sixth position in the list of facilities with more delays in the month of December, while the airport of this city occupied the ninth position. In the case of the control centers in Barcelona and the Canary Islands, they occupied the thirteenth and fourteenth positions respectively.
These delays were mainly due to the inclement weather and recorded capacity problems on the road, according to data made public by Eurocontrol.
ATFM delays en route increased by 65.5%, while those registered at airports decreased by 22%. The average daily flights with a lag of at least 15 minutes decreased 48.6% compared to December last year, according to Eurocontrol.
According to the European agency for the safety of air navigation, traffic in December this year has fallen slightly 0.3% (compared to the decrease of 1.9% recorded in November), below the forecasts, registering an average daily of 25,710 flights.
This decrease in traffic in December is the result of the deteriorating global economic situation, commercial tensions, political unrest and the aftermath of the recent bankruptcies of the airlines. In addition, the strike of French controllers caused a decrease in local traffic by 6% (-56 flights / day) in December.
Two states added more than 50 daily flights to the network, Poland (+84 flights) and Italy (+65 flights) as main contributors. Spain (+42), Austria (+38), Hungary (+35) and Belgium / Luxembourg (+32) contributed more than 25 daily flights to the growth of local European traffic.
The airlines that added more flights to the European network in November were Ryanair (+117 flights), Wizz Air Hungary (+92 flights), and Logan Air (+40 flights).
The increase in traffic was positive in most of the major European airports, highlighting the growth of 14.3% of Tel Aviv airport.
In the case of Spanish airports, Madrid-Barajas recorded a daily average traffic of 554 movements in December (+ 4%), while a total of 406 movements (+ 1%) were recorded in Barcelona-El Prat.
Apart from Gran Canaria, the drop of 6.7% registered at the Palma de Mallorca airport and 2.7% at the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport also stands out.