A performance report for the first eight months of 2012 of Flight Information Regions (FIR) in the 38 members of Eurocontrol shows that FIR Nicosia has most of the delays. In total, airliners experienced 273000 minutes in delay which sums up to 24 million euro in extra expenses incurred by the airlines flying through the area. There was an average of 2.1 minutes of delay per flight passing through Nicosia’s FIR which is 3 times as long as the average in the rest of the members.
98% of the delays were caused by the capacity of the air traffic control systems which don’t have the infrastructure to support the number of air crafts passing through the region. Only 2% is caused by human delays and bad weather conditions.
The costs incurred by the airlines are the main reason air-traffic through the region has decreased by 4.3% during 2012.