Air traffic volumes reach record high

The strong growth in traffic continues. In the first half of 2018, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider, experienced a record number of flights. DFS air traffic controllers guided record volumes through German airspace safely to their destination.

05.07.2018.- In the time period from January to the end of June 2018, 1.59 million flights under instrument flight rules (IFR) were controlled in German airspace compared with 1.54 million IFR flights in the prior-year period. This makes this half-year period the busiest in the history of DFS. The busiest single day was 29 June, which saw 11,015 controlled flights in German airspace. This also represents a new record. The previous high was in June 2017 (10,667 flights).

This increase resulted primarily from the general growth in aviation in Europe. Overflights continued their rise over the prior-year period, making up 38.9 percent (618,510) of flights controlled by DFS. Domestic flights stagnated at 10.3 percent (163,770). Take-offs and landings at German airports made up 50.8 percent (807,720 flights) of the traffic volume in the first half of the year.

Overall, the number of take-offs and landings at the designated international airports where DFS operates rose by 1.4 percent over the prior-year period. The highest growth rate was recorded at Leipzig Halle Airport, where traffic rose by 15.6 percent over the prior-year period. Frankfurt Airport (+8.5 percent) and Stuttgart Airport (+7.9 percent) also experienced strong, above-average growth.

The year 2017 was already a record one for DFS with 3.2 million flights in German airspace. To put this into perspective, 25 years ago as DFS was founded, DFS controlled only 1.9 million flights. DFS has mastered this significant increase in traffic in German airspace while maintaining the same high level of safety.

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees as at 31 December 2017. 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, 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 control towers at the 16 international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK.