skeyes is responsible for the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have almost 900 employees serving our customers, which include airlines, airports, the aviation sector and public authorities, providing them with the safest, most sustainable and unique experience possible. A real driving force for the Belgian economy, skeyes manages over one million flight movements per year. skeyes innovates and develops new services to support air traffic and the economy of the future.
1. Number of flight movements
flight movements controlled by skeyes in 2019-1.8%
growth of air traffic compared to 2018
Number of movements managed per unit
Air traffic control
2. Punctuality: efficient management of air traffic flows
of flights were managed punctually by skeyes in 2019
En-route traffic0.74 min/flight
= 44 seconds delay per flight
These are causes that can be influenced by air traffic control: C-Capacity, R-Routing, S-Staffing, T-Equipment, M-Airspace Management, P-Special Events.
The skeyes en-route punctuality rate is better than the average for FABEC (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Switzerland).
comparison of average delay per flight in FABEC (CRSTMP causes)
skeyes : 0.74 min/flight
Average for FABEC control centres: 1.56 min/flight
Brussels Aiport0.90 min/flight
= 54 seconds delay per flight
Weather conditions are the main cause of arrival delays at Brussels Airport (74%).
Comparison of arrival delays at Brussels Airport and at the large neighbouring airports (all causes combined)
Antwerp Airport0 min/flight
= 0 seconds delay per flight
Charleroi Airport0.02 min/flight
= 1.2 seconds delay per flight
Social actions and airport capacity are the main causes of arrival delays at Charleroi (75%).
Liège Airport0.09 min/flight
= 5.4 seconds delay per flight
Weather conditions are the main cause of arrival delays at Liège (72%).
Ostend Airport0 min/flight
= 0 seconds delay per flight
3. The best service at the best price
unit rate charged by skeyes for an en-route service unit in the airspace for which it is responsible-12%
underlying the Unit rate charged, there is the DUC (Determined Unit Cost set by the European Commission) which is €57.37 (in 2009 real terms), or a reduction of 2.3% compared to 2018 and a reduction of 12% compared to the starting base of €65.90 in 2014. skeyes has recorded the best performance in FABEC in terms of application of the agreed reduction in costs.
For en-route traffic, the fees are in proportion to the distance travelled and the square root of an aircraft’s mass. A service unit corresponds to the control of an aircraft of 50 tonnes over 100 kilometres.
Reduction in Determined Unit Cost (DUC) 2014-2019 of en-route service
4. skeyes is hiring to support innovation
number of employees as on 31 December 2019
new employees were hired in 2019
new air traffic controllers completed their training and commenced employment in 2019
candidate air traffic controllers started their training in 2019
5. Weather and aeronautical information: essential data for safety
average monthly logins to the skeyes 'Meteo & AIM Briefing' platform
This platform is aimed at general and sports aviation pilots. They can use it to obtain weather observations and forecasts and any aeronautical information that they need for their flights.
average monthly number of 'Pre-flight Information Bulletins' produced by skeyes
Via the skeyes ‘Handler Briefing’ application, stakeholders in the commercial aviation sector (handlers and airlines) receive personalised weather and aeronautical information.
Notams produced by the skeyes Brussels Notam Office
Notam (Notice to Airmen) are messages published for the purpose of notifying pilots of changes in airspace and on the ground.
number of special activity requests handled by the skeyes SPACC unit
The special activities coordinated by the SPACC unit include flights to calibrate ground-based air navigation infrastructure, photo and video flights (e.g. during major sports events), drone flights in controlled airspace, thermal-imaging flights as well as fireworks.