Less aircraft noise for the Rhine-Main area

DFS starts using new procedure

31.10.2014.- DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung will start using a new procedure to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on the population of the Rhine-Main area. The procedure will raise the level of the downwind legs by up to 2000 feet (about 600 metres). The downwind leg is the flight path that runs parallel to the landing runway at a distance of 9 km, but in the opposite direction. Aircraft are guided onto it before they join the final approach.

Depending on the landing direction, different communities in the vicinity of Frankfurt Airport will enjoy some respite from aircraft noise, some more and some less. The positive impact will be felt in the districts of Main-Taunus, Rheingau, Hochtaunus, Wetterau, Vogelsberg, the northern part of the city of Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Mainz-Bingen and Offenbach.

Since approaching aircraft will be higher, departing aircraft will be able to gain altitude more quickly. DFS hopes that the new procedure, which will initially be tested in trial operations, will also have positive effects on noise levels for residents living under the departure routes.

DFS began introducing different procedures to reduce noise levels on the ground in the autumn of 2012. The angle of the instrument landing system glide path of the northwest runway was increased to 3.2 degrees, the turn-in procedures that used to take place above Mainz and Offenbach were relocated, and the downwind leg of the approach was raised by 1,000 feet (about 300 metres).


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 6,049 employees as at 31 December 2013. 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 areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.