DFS lowers its air navigation charges

Safe and on time through German airspace

08.02.2016.- DFS has cut its air navigation charges significantly for 2016. Airlines will pay 8.4 percent less for en-route services and 12.3 percent less for terminal services. This means that an airline flying an A 320 from Hamburg to Munich, for example, will have to pay EUR 4.60 per passenger for a safe flight over the entire country, making a total of EUR 768.22. In the United States, the air navigation charges for the same distance would cost EUR 9.75 per passenger – more than double the price. Another way to put this into perspective: the charges for the security check at international airports in Germany amount to between five and ten euro per passenger. At Frankfurt Airport, the security check per passenger costs EUR 9.10; at Düsseldorf Airport, EUR 5.50 and at Berlin Tegel Airport, EUR 6.87.

Furthermore, the punctuality achieved in German airspace last year ranked among the best in Europe. Delay caused by DFS was an average of only 7.2 seconds per flight.

Air traffic controllers guide aircraft along the most direct route possible between the departure and destination aerodromes. Deviations from the most direct flight path amounted to only 3.8 km on average. This result could hardly be better given the busy airspace of Germany where up to 10,000 flights per day are recorded. The smaller the deviation, the better the time and fuel savings and the better it is for the environment.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 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.