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SMATSA handles 6.7% more flights in 2019, reduces ATFM delays

Author Radomir Ralev
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BELGRADE (Serbia), February 13 (SeeNews) - The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services (SMATSA) handled 764,218 flights in 2019, up 6.7% on the year, Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan has said. 

"The total Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) delay of SMATSA was 58,316 minutes, 72.5% less than in 2018. The overall European traffic flow delay in 2019 was 24.2 million minutes, 5.7% less than in 2018," SMATSA quoted Brennan as saying in a press release last week.

On behalf of Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo Force (KFOR), Eurocontrol collected 79.1 million euro ($86.1 million) from airlines for route fees in 2019, up 2.8%, representing 1.0% of the total route charges for last year, Brennan said.

SMATSA was established by Serbia and Montenegro in 2003 as a limited liability company providing air navigation services, succeeding the previous federal air traffic control authority which was part of the ministry of transport.

($ = 0.918707 euro)

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