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Facts and figures

19 mars 2015 (mis à jour le 4 juillet 2016) - Transports

The Brest and Bordeaux ACC example

Managing more flights…

  1st trimester 2014 1st trimester 2015 Evolution
Bordeaux ACC 163 445 flights 166 816 flights +2.06%
Brest ACC 178 115 flights 183 736 flights +3.16%

Continuous and lasting traffic rise in Brest and Bordeaux ACC can be observed. The seasonality is clearly visible and particularly strong in Brest ACC.

… while optimizing human resources …
As a result of the 2008 economic crisis and in the framework of a highly constrained budgetary context, the French government has asked all its services for staff reductions. As a consequence, DSNA has been cutting down its ATCOs workforce by 1% each year.


…and achieving capacity improvements.

DSNA will tackle this issue by :

  • working towards a social agreement that will deliver better air traffic controller rostering efficiency to cope with the traffic demand
  • adapting its airspace design in support to airlines preferred routes.
  • providing pre-tactical & tactical flow management solutions to airlines through an enhanced collaborative process.
  • achieving its technical modernisation plan.
    Cutting-edge Air Traffic Management Systems will contribute to improve safety but also capacity. Electronic environment and Air Traffic Control support tools shall gradually make more time available for ATCOs to refocus on their essential tasks. Air traffic control is now much more about making planned decisions supported by enhanced technological tools to allow more flights to be safely handled. The Electronic Environment ERATO (E.E.E) commissioned in Brest and Bordeaux ACCs from December 2015 is the first phase of an ambitious ATM system modernisation program carried out in all 5 French ACCs and 76 control towers. EEE is an important milestone for DSNA and in particular for Brest & Bordeaux ACC as it is a key element in providing solutions to cut down the significant delays during peak hours and addressing the need for more capacity.

Why is traffic increasing particularly in Brest and Bordeaux ACC ?

SW axis : Spain and the Balearic Islands SW Axis : Portugal & the Canary Islands


The South-West axis is made of many major holiday routes from Northern Europe, the United Kingdom, the Benelux countries and Germany to the Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain and the Balearic Islands. Its importance is all the more obvious as the traffic flying those routes keeps on growing every year.
Brest and Bordeaux ACCs are directly impacted by these flows and the traffic ascends each year with a foreseen target to overtake the 2008 traffic figures (i.e. DSNA’s busiest year).
From what were essentially summer holiday tracks, they are now flown on a yearly basis. It is the result of the ongoing tourism trend that does not only focus on summer times anymore for travel purposes but advertises for all year round sunny destinations.
Besides, the complex geopolitical context in the Mediterranean region leads DSNA to believe that no major changes are to be expected in the current travelling patterns.