Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns ruling on southerly bypass at Frankfurt Airport

Hessian Higher Administrative Court (VGH) must review the case

10.12.2015.- Following the appeal by the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF) against the earlier ruling passed by the Hessian Higher Administrative Court (VGH), the Federal Administrative Court now overturned the ruling concerning the so-called southerly bypass. The case was referred back to the VGH in Kassel for review and decision.

This means that the southerly bypass remains fully available for traffic handling for the time being.

DFS CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle welcomes this fundamental clarification affecting the future handling of questions on capacity and noise abatement, which ensures more planning reliability: "I am glad that this ruling essentially confirms our view concerning the southerly bypass," the DFS CEO said. "It is our aim to continuously improve the noise situation for the population in the vicinity of Frankfurt Airport."


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.