Traffic development

The old traffic record was broken in 2018. DFS registered exactly 3,346,448 flight movements in German airspace, a rise of 4.2 percent over the previous year. For the fourth year in a row, the number of IFR flights controlled by air traffic controllers cracked the three-million mark.

Controlled flights includes practically all scheduled, charter and cargo flights. They are guided by air traffic control from the moment they take off until the moment they land.

Year            



Controlled flights            

(in millions)


Compared with preceding year

20183.346
+4.2%
2017
​3.212
+3.3%
2016
3.109+2.6%
2015
3.029
+1.6%
2014
2.980
+0.9%
2013
2.953
-1.4%
2012
2.994
-2.2%
2011
3.060
+3.0%
2010
2.971
+1.5%
2009
2.927
-7.1%