Protected airspace for the Day of German Unity

Ministry of Transport establishes restricted areas in and around Frankfurt

02.10.2015.- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established two temporary restricted areas and a radio mandatory zone for the celebrations associated with the Day of German Unity in Frankfurt and Königstein for the weekend from 2 - 4 October 2015.

In the restricted area Frankfurt – the entire area of the city – no flights at all are permitted. This includes model aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle (drones). The only exceptions are for flights of the police forces, the German Federal Police and the other emergency services. The same regulations apply to the restricted area Königstein. The area extends from the ground to 10,000 ft, about 3000 metres.

The radio mandatory zone (RMZ) covers an area that reaches 10 nautical miles (18 kilometres) around the city of Frankfurt. This means that all aircraft in this area must be equipped with radio communication systems. Entering and exiting the RMZ must be reported via radiotelephony.

If easterly winds prevail at this weekend, departures from Frankfurt Airport will be guided on departure routes to the east of Frankfurt and Offenbach (see chart). Unusual flight movements are to be expected in this area.

Restricted areas are put in place as security measures to prevent hazards; they can either be permanent (for example, above nuclear power plants or the government precinct in Berlin) or temporary.

Information on the location and orientation of the areas, maps depicting the restricted areas as well as further information can be found on the DFS website.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 2015. 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.