New arrival procedure for Leipzig Halle Airport

Point Merge to produce aircraft noise

17.12.2015.- On 19 December 2015, DFS will start trial operations for a new arrival concept called Point Merge at Leipzig Halle Airport. With this procedure, aircraft are guided onto arc trajectories long before arriving at the airport and are subsequently directed to final approach in a concentric pattern in continuous descent operations. This procedure will mainly be used under high traffic load, which means primarily at night at this airport. DFS expects that aircraft noise for the cities of Leipzig and Halle can be reduced by keeping aircraft on these continual flight paths.

It was agreed with the local noise abatement commission to assess the results of the trial operations in one year's time and then decide whether the procedure will in fact be introduced.

The principles of Point Merge are explained (in German) in a short
video at the following link:

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air
navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management division.