DFS has published its mobility report

How many aircraft are flying on a peak day in German airspace?  What is the load factor on board the aircraft? And what are the reasons for delays in air traffic? The mobility report of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung provides information about the past and the ongoing year.

12.08.2019.- The air traffic volume in Germany and Europe grew even more in the first six months of 2019. At the same time, punctuality improved compared to the previous year. This is the result of the mobility report published by DFS. It contains information about the most important facts and figures of the year 2018 and provides an overview of the development of the first six months of 2019.

The average delay per flight in Europe decreased to 12 minutes in the first half of 2019, whereas in the first half of the year 2018, it had still amounted to 14.1 minutes. The share of European air navigation service providers in these delays decreased from 1.5 to 1.1 minutes, despite the growing traffic. By the end of July 2019, approximately 4.8 million flights were recorded in the airspace above the EU Member States, which corresponds to a 2.3 percent increase over the prior-year period. Flights have been transferred from upper to lower airspace and traffic flows have been shifted laterally to avoid bottlenecks.

Every third of these flights goes through German airspace. DFS recorded 1.61 million flights under instrument flight rules in the first half of this year. This means that the growth of 3.4 percent in the prior-year period has decreased to 1.3 percent. Berlin Tegel Airport experienced a particularly high traffic growth in the first half of 2019 with a 15.4-percent increase in take-offs and landings. Among regional airports, the highest growth rate was recorded in Memmingen (+17.7 percent).
The high level of safety in German airspace is maintained even though the traffic volume continues to increase. The same applies to en-route flight efficiency. In the first half of 2019, the route flown deviated from the direct route by only 1.19 percent, which corresponds to a detour of less than four kilometres or approximately the length of a runway at Frankfurt Airport.

Further information
The mobility report can be found here (German only)

Media contact:

Ute Otterbein
Telephone: +49 (0)6103/707-4162
E-mail ute.otterbein@dfs.de


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 2018. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights through 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 the airports of London Gatwick and Edinburgh in the UK. www.dfs.de