Direct and shorter routes across Europe

Successful cooperation as part of the Single European Sky initiative

11.12.2015.- On 10 December 2015, new direct routings (DCT) went into operation in continental Europe on the northwest-southeast axis connecting the United Kingdom and Hungary. In addition to shortening the length of flight times for airlines, these new route options also allow for savings of around 800 tonnes of jet fuel annually. This is accompanied by a reduction of CO2 emissions of around 2,500 tonnes.

The new routes stem from an initiative of the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) which was established as part of the Single European Sky  Initiative. DFS led the development of the new routings in a joint effort with air navigation service providers from Austria (Austrocontrol), Hungary (Hungarocontrol), Maastricht UAC (EUROCONTROL) and the UK (NATS). Special attention was paid to the expansion and optimisation of the existing direct route network in Central Europe along the main traffic flows. Today, airspace users in this busy airspace can take advantage of well over 1,000 direct routes. Even more direct routes that reach up to the border of Ireland will be introduced in February 2016. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, DFS CEO stated: "It was our goal to find pragmatic and advantageous solutions for our customers in partnership with other air navigation service providers. The air navigation service providers involved have not only made a valuable contribution to the cost savings of airlines, they have also provided benefits for the environment in the form of lower emissions. The successful implementation of these new routes is an important step on the way towards a single European sky."


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.