Festivities marked the opening of the new DFS control tower in Berlin
BERlin is ready
25 April 2012.- Prominent speakers and over 300 selected guests joined the festivities marking the opening of the new control tower of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung in Berlin today. All those involved in the construction received special praise. Completing the work on time was an exceptional achievement as they were also faced with the challenges of carrying out construction in the middle of normal airport operations and during training for controllers learning the ropes of the new airport.
Dieter Kaden, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DFS is proud of the accomplishment. In the landmark of the soon-to-be-opened airport, he commented, "Opening a new tower is always a special event, but this is particularly the case in Berlin as the construction of this entirely new airport and the cutover to the new control tower have taken place in the middle of normal airport operations. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the smooth completion of the project. The successful start of tower operations is an important step towards opening the new BER airport."
Mr Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin, stated in agreement, "No tower, no airport. The tower has everything under control. Without air traffic control, there are no take-offs or landings. The start of operations of the control tower at our new airport BER is an unmistakable sign that work is almost done. We are almost ready. I wish all the employees who work for air traffic control here in Berlin all the best. May you always be attentive in everything you do – especially in the interest of all those who place their trust in you and your work."
Professor Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development was also impressed with the new control tower, "This construction is a symbol of quality characteristics such as safety, punctuality and professionalism and at the same time a visible trademark of DFS and the anticipated new airport for our capital city."
Mr Rainer Bretschneider, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Agriculture for Land Brandenburg, added, "The new tower will ensure the smooth and safe running of the new airport with its cutting-edge technology. DFS is not only responsible for safety but also for all the people who live in the vicinity of the airport. The government of Land Brandenburg expects DFS to take on this responsibility and to continue to monitor and improve flight routes. The goal must be to keep noise exposure at the lowest possible level for the population."
Professor Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg Airport was also aware of the auspiciousness of the event, "We congratulate DFS on the opening of the DFS control tower at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport. This is an important milestone before the opening of the new airport - soon air traffic controllers in this tower will make sure take-offs and landings are safe and on time at BER.
The tower was officially put into operation in the night from 24 -25 March. Since then, the Schönefeld controllers have coordinated and handled air traffic on and around the airport from this vantage point. When the airport opens on 3 June 2012, the Tegel tower controllers as well as the apron controllers will also start working in the new tower cab.
Standing 72 metres tall, the tower is the second largest control tower in German, and the landmark of the future airport. The construction of a new tower between the two parallel runways was necessary for the new Berlin airport as the old tower no longer afforded a clear and unobstructed view of all operating areas.
DFS invested almost € 37 million in the building. This investment covered not only steel and concrete but also state-of-the-art systems and technology. The air traffic controllers have been familiarising themselves with the new tower over the past few months.
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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Staff coordinate up to 10,000 aircraft movements in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. DFS operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich. In addition, DFS is represented in the Eurocontrol Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and in the control towers of the 16 international German airports. DFS provides training and consultancy services around the world and develops and sells air traffic management systems, surveillance systems and navigation aids. The company's portfolio also comprises flight-relevant data, aeronautical publications and aeronautical information services. DFS has the following business units: Control Centre, Tower, Aeronautical Solutions and Aeronautical Information Management.