DFS takes the Chair at A6 Alliance

28.01.2016.- Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive of Germany’s DFS, is the new Chairman of the Steering Board of the A6 Alliance of European air navigation service providers (ANSP).

He takes over from Ignacio González, Air Navigation Director of ENAIRE, who chaired the A6 through 2015. Under his watch, the A6 Alliance was joined by the COOPANS Alliance of ANSPs for work associated with the SESAR Deployment Manager and SESAR 2020 R&D; and by the B4 Consortium of ANSPs on work associated with SESAR 2020 R&D. PANSA, of Poland, also became a full member of the A6 Alliance.

Professor Scheurle said:  “I am delighted to take the helm of the A6 Alliance at such a crucial time for our industry. With the SESAR Deployment Manager now fully operational, this is a turning point in air traffic management to help create the Single European Sky.

“The A6 Alliance has been instrumental in drawing the European ATM industry together and I look forward to the future opportunities for our partnership in helping achieve the wider European vision.”

The A6 Strategy Board, responsible for day to day running of the Alliance work, was chaired through 2015 by Ralf Bertsch of DFS, who now hands over to María Luz de Mateo García of ENAIRE.

Notes to editors
The A6 Alliance was formed by the six ANSP members of the SESAR JU – ENAIRE (Spain), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAV (Italy), NATS (UK) and NORACON – a consortium including Austro Control (Austria), AVINOR (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland), IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark). Collectively they control more than 70% of European air traffic and 72% of the investment in the European Air Traffic Management infrastructure of the future.
PANSA (Poland) joined the A6 Alliance in 2015 in its membership of the SESAR Deployment Alliance.
The COOPANS Alliance comprises the ANSPs of Austria, Croatia, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.
The B4 Alliance comprises the ANSPs of the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia and Poland.

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.