Further course of action concerning southerly bypass

DFS informs Noise Abatement Commission

19.02.2014.- Today, DFS informed the Frankfurt Noise Abatement Commission about the further course of action concerning the southerly bypass. If the Federal Administrative Court rejects the appeal of the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF), the ruling of 3 September 2013 made by the Hessian Higher Administrative Court (VGH) would become final with immediate effect. The latter had ruled the southerly bypass to be unlawful.

Should the ruling be confirmed, interim procedures would have to be applied until a new departure procedure has been established.

As a first step, there will likely be an interim period of 90 days during which the southerly bypass will continue to be used. This could be done on the basis of a general order in accordance with the German Aviation Regulation (LuftVO) and would be an appropriate measure to ensure safety and give airlines and air traffic control sufficient time to get ready for the new procedures.

As a second step, the so-called night departure route would be used instead of the southerly bypass. Since this route does not always provide sufficient capacity, the northwestern departure routes would have to be used during traffic peaks and in special situations.

As a third step, new procedures would be defined on the basis of the court ruling and presented to the Noise Abatement Commission. After the consultation process and final weighing of interests, the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF) would then officially establish the procedures and publish them by means of an ordinance.

DFS would prefer to retain the southerly bypass and is therefore in support of the BAF's complaint against the refusal to grant leave to appeal on points of law and a possible appeal before the Federal Administrative Court.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has about 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and 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 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional business units are Aeronautical Solutions (Consulting) and Aeronautical Information Management