Corporate history

Every year, more than three million aircraft take off from, land on, or overfly German territory. The German air navigation services have been ensuring safety and punctuality in German airspace for 60 years.

The most important dates at a glance:

1953
Foundation of the Federal Administration of Air Navigation Services (BFS)

1992 
Formal foundation of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

1993
BFS becomes DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
 
A single airspace for the former East and West Germany

Start of civil-military integration, a unique integration of civil and military affairs worldwide

1995
For the first time, DFS controls more than two million flights in one year

2000
DFS wins IATA "Eagle Award 2000" for being the best air navigation services organisation in the world

2001
New airspace structure disentangles areas with high traffic density and improves the distribution of traffic flows

2002
Mid-air collision of two aircraft over Lake Constance, under the control of the Swiss air navigation services

2004
Towards a single European sky: EU regulation for creating functional airspace blocks (FAB) enters into force

2005
Foundation of the DFS subsidiary The Tower Company for the provision of air traffic control services at regional airports

2007
The number of controlled flights passes the 3-million threshold

2010
By signing the FABEC Treaty, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland lay the foundation for a common airspace management

The new air traffic management system P1/VAFORIT goes into operation at Karlsruhe control centre

2012
Start of economic regulation (first reference period): Introduction of Europe-wide performance targets for defined periods in the areas of safety, capacity, environment and cost-efficiency

2013
Ratification of the FABEC Treaty

2014
Start of the second reference period: Extension of economic regulation to include terminal services

2015
New ATS system for Langen control centre: Cutover from P1/ATCAS to P2

2016
The DFS subsidiary Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) takes over air traffic control at London Gatwick Airport

Foundation of Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH: The DFS subsidiary takes over air traffic management training of the Bundeswehr