In an opening address at the World ATM Congress on March 6, Spanish minister of public works Íñigo de la Serna announced that Spain will reduce the route charge airlines pay to use its airspace by 3% this year and 12% in 2019.

With the reduction, Spanish air navigation service provider (ANSP) ENAIRE, a public entity attached to the ministry, will have one of the lowest route charges of major European ANSPs, according to the ministry. De la Serna estimates airlines will save €25 million ($31 million) this year and €130 million ($161 million) in 2019.

“This decision has been possible thanks to the excellent evolution of air traffic and the efforts of ENAIRE in terms of efficiency,” allowing it to “carry the benefits over to airports, airlines and passengers,” the minister said.

During the speech, De la Serna reported that ENAIRE is experiencing its 52nd month of uninterrupted growth in air traffic. The ANSP managed nearly 2 million flights last year—126,000 more than in 2016—with an average of 5,500 flights per day.

Bill Carey,