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 naturally fell behind domestic gains. The latter was led by the US market, which made a strong recovery early on. But shifting traffic patterns among a global surge in demand wasn’t the only challenge for ANSPs in 2022. All aviation stakeholders suffered from a squeeze in the labour market, for example. Air traffic control is a highly skilled sector and training takes time. ANSPs managed to keep most of their operational employees. Nevertheless, the rebound in demand for air travel has been so strong that getting up to speed has been difficult. ANSPs, as always, had to ensure airspace remained open, safe, and efficient, whatever the traffic levels. That required significant flexibility. That same agility will be needed to manage an increasingly dynamic future. The world of travel is transforming and game-changing solutions that exploit the latest technologies and enable new ways of business are disrupting traditional paradigms. Digitisation is essential to modern ATM processes, increasing safety and efficiency among a host of other benefits. Although the pandemic may have set back traditional commercial aviation, it didn’t have the same impact on new airspace users, where development continued apace. Drones and eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing) could have a significant effect on terminal area operations. A SITA report on the megatrends of the future suggests that electric air taxis will become the norm at major international airports. In 2022, US$4.7 billion was invested in the development of eVTOL vehicles and given the commercial potential of this innovative service, they seem certain to be part of the ATM landscape sooner rather than later. Sustainability, meanwhile, is the foundation of aviation’s future. Without it, air travel will likely be restricted. ANSPs, like their aviation partners, are committed to helping the industry achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Getting there means measuring progress every step of the way and CANSO’s GreenATM programme will be crucial in this regard. Every facet of operations will need to be scrutinised for potential environmental improvements. At the heart of all these developments is data and all ANSPs will need to look at how to collect and utilise what is extremely valuable information. They will also need to decide whether to make this data available to partners and the wider travel industry. Only by doing so, can the industry truly move towards seamless skies. Data and charts supplied by Aireon.  Percent Change In Movements Since January 2020 By Region INTRODUCTION 5 

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