While nobody is pretending that the economic difficulties affecting air travel demand across Europe have disappeared, there is clear evidence to suggest that the worst would appear to be over and that traffic declines have bottomed out. Analysis by anna.aero has revealed that over 50 airports across Europe have reported year-on-year traffic growth in August. However, while this number is likely to rise in the coming months it should be remembered that this time last year traffic demand was already beginning to weaken and that a more useful measure for airports might be to compare traffic in the remaining months of this year with demand levels in 2007.
However the top priorities for every Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) remain the same:
Be prepared to have enough future Air Traffic Control(ATCO) capacity
The aviation industry is challenged by a difficult economic context and new technologies with far-reaching potential, requiring new skills from its employees. Key concepts like globalization, flexibility, mobility, transition to a service, knowledge and information society, and increased cost-efficiency pressures, are forcing organizations to do—and achieve—more with less resources.
In addition, aviation is particularly affected by demographic trends (facing an over-age working population beyond 2010) and a new generation entering the workforce. “This new generation - sometimes referred to as GEN Y - demands a fast-paced environment where creativity and independent thinking are encouraged”. It’s becoming urgent to fulfil the needs of the new generation entering the ANSP world in order to adapt and to successfully attract, recruit, train and retain ATCO’s.