Serbia, Croatia airspace to be overloaded in coming days

Eurocontrol, the organisation that manages Europe’s airspace, has said that this summer will be a “challenging” period with an estimated 33.000 flights per day over the next eight weeks. On Fridays, one of the most popular days to travel, that number could exceed 34.000. With increased demand comes more pressure on the industry to cope with its current challenges. The surge in air traffic has led the organisation to issue warnings for key cities and regions across Europe, including Belgrade and Zagreb. Eurocontrol has said that Area Control Centres in the Serbian and Croatian capitals will experience “high overloads” of traffic on July 8 and July 15. When skies are busy, the number of flights that can enter an air traffic control area may be capped to prevent controllers from being overwhelmed. As a result, airlines may be forced to fly longer routes or passengers might be delayed as air traffic controllers cope with the overcrowding. Athens in Greece and Reims and Marseille in France are likely to be affected on most days this summer. Eurocontrol has also issued warnings for London, Barcelona and Brussels.

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