Corporate history

Every year, more than three million aircraft take off from, land on, or overfly German territory. The German air navigation services have been ensuring safety and punctuality in German airspace for 60 years.

The most important dates at a glance:

Foundation of the Federal Administration of Air Navigation Services (BFS)

Formal foundation of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

BFS becomes DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
A single airspace for the former East and West Germany

Start of civil-military integration, a unique integration of civil and military affairs worldwide

For the first time, DFS controls more than two million flights in one year

DFS wins IATA "Eagle Award 2000" for being the best air navigation services organisation in the world

New airspace structure disentangles areas with high traffic density and improves the distribution of traffic flows

Mid-air collision of two aircraft over Lake Constance, under the control of the Swiss air navigation services

Towards a single European sky: EU regulation for creating functional airspace blocks (FAB) enters into force

Foundation of the DFS subsidiary The Tower Company for the provision of air traffic control services at regional airports

The number of controlled flights passes the 3-million threshold

By signing the FABEC Treaty, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland lay the foundation for a common airspace management

The new air traffic management system P1/VAFORIT goes into operation at Karlsruhe control centre

Start of economic regulation (first reference period): Introduction of Europe-wide performance targets for defined periods in the areas of safety, capacity, environment and cost-efficiency

Ratification of the FABEC Treaty

Start of the second reference period: Extension of economic regulation to include terminal services

New ATS system for Langen control centre: Cutover from P1/ATCAS to P2

The DFS subsidiary Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) takes over air traffic control at London Gatwick Airport

Foundation of Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH: The DFS subsidiary takes over air traffic management training of the Bundeswehr