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Safety and noise abatement are our top priorities

60 years of air navigation services in Germany, 20 years of DFS

04.06.2013.- German air navigation services are celebrating their 60th anniversary. On 7 July 1953, the Federal Administration of Air Navigation Services (BFS) was established. Twenty years ago, in 1993, the newly founded DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH took over the provision of air navigation services in German airspace. The traffic volume has since risen from 130,000 aircraft movements in 1953 to about three million today, which is more than twenty times as much. "Safety in German airspace remains at a very high level," stated Professor Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and CEO of DFS.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the CEO of DFS presented the current figures for traffic, safety and punctuality. Traffic volume in 2012 came to a total of 2,993,866 aircraft movements in Germany. This translates to a decrease of 2.2 percent as compared to 2011 when DFS air traffic controllers controlled 3.06 million flights. Scheurle attributes this decline to the weak economy and high oil prices that are forcing airlines to introduce severe cost-cutting measures. Traffic volume has continued its downturn in the first five months of 2013. A recovery is not expected until sometime next year.
German airspace continues to boast a consistently high safety level. The independent Aircraft Proximity Evaluation Group (APEG) recorded three category A incidents (risk of collision) and no category B incidents (safety not assured). DFS did not cause any of these incidents. In 2011, there were three category A incidents and one category B incident.

Punctuality has improved once again. Almost 96 percent of all flights reached their destination without any delays caused by air traffic control while flying the most direct routes possible.

With the aid of a radar display, Scheurle presented the active noise abatement measures put in place by DFS and explained where improvement of the noise situation has taken place in the area around Frankfurt Airport. Since 18 October 2012, the altitude of aircraft flying the downwind leg of their approach to the airport was raised by 300 metres (1,000 feet), the turn  for intercepting the final approach was shifted and the glide slope angle for the new landing runway northwest was increased from 3.0 to 3.2 degrees. All three of these measures have produced a significant reduction of noise in densely populated areas. This was illustrated by the radar recordings. Scheurle stressed that DFS will continue to work on procedures to reduce noise levels and is doing everything in its power to make the situation as bearable as possible for the area's population. "Safety and noise abatement are our top priorities at DFS," said the DFS CEO in his closing words.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Staff coordinate up to 10,000 aircraft movements in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. DFS operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich. In addition, DFS is represented in the Eurocontrol Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and in the control towers of the 16 international German airports. DFS provides training and consultancy services around the world and develops and sells air traffic management systems. The company's portfolio also comprises flight-relevant data, aeronautical publications and aeronautical information services. DFS has the following business units: Control Centre, Tower, Aeronautical Solutions and Aeronautical Information Management.