Further measures for active noise protection

DFS adopts proposals of Noise Abatement Commission

16.10.2013.- With effect from 17 October 2013, DFS will implement two further measures for active noise protection in the Rhine-Main area. During off-peak hours, the altitude for starting final approach will be raised. Aircraft landing in Frankfurt will be higher when they are aligned for final approach. This will, however, result in an extension of flight paths by about 12 km per flight. When turning in on final approach, aircraft will also be further out - to the east or to the west depending on the operating direction.  This measure was proposed at the 2012 Noise Summit organised by the Minister- President of Hesse. With this measure, DFS has adopted a recommendation made by the Noise Abatement Commission on the basis of a request by the Main-Kinzig district, east of Frankfurt.

A further change relates to the departure routes to the west. They will include a point over the Rhine river, north of the town of Nierstein, up to which flights should stay on the departure route. Air traffic controllers should not instruct flights to turn and leave the route until after this point. A number of communities in the region had made this proposal and the Noise Abatement Commission requested that it be implemented. DFS has now complied with this request.

The two measures were prepared by the expert group of the Airport and Region Forum for Frankfurt Airport (FFR).


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.