DFS subsidiary Air Navigation Solutions Ltd (ANS) to provide air navigation services at Edinburgh Airport

Tower and approach control will be transferred on 1 April 2018

16.09.2016.- The UK subsidiary of DFS, Air Navigation Solutions Ltd. (ANS), has been awarded the contract to provide air navigation services at Edinburgh Airport. As of 1 April 2018, the company will be responsible for tower and approach control at the Scottish capital city's airport. The contract was signed on Thursday by Paul Reid, Chairman of the ANS Board of Directors, and the CEO of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar. The DFS Group will take over from NATS, the UK's main air navigation service provider.

After taking over operations at Gatwick Airport on 1 March of this year, Edinburgh will be the second UK airport to have its air navigation services provided by the DFS Group. The contract between ANS and the airport operator is for ten years. NATS will continue to provide air traffic control at the airport until the transfer has taken place in spring 2018.  In addition, NATS has committed itself to continue to provide air traffic control staff until ANS has been able to employ enough staff of its own. This model of temporarily leasing employees has already been used successfully at Gatwick Airport.

Edinburgh Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It has two runways and handles over eleven million passengers per year. At present, 32 airlines serve 173 routes to 122 destinations. In 2015, it handled almost 115,000 aircraft movements, a five percent traffic increase over the previous year. Edinburgh Airport is owned by the American investor Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) that also operates Gatwick, the second busiest airport in the UK.

"We are very proud to have been awarded the contract for Edinburgh. This success reflects the DFS Group's ambitions for growth and shows that we are on the right course in the European market," stated Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and CEO of DFS.

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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.