US-President Obama to visit Berlin

Ministry of Transport establishes restricted area

11.11.2016.- The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will visit Berlin from 16 until 18 November 2016. Talks will take place with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established a restricted area to protect the State guests.

The area is scheduled to be activated from sunrise on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 until sunset on Friday, 18 November 2016. The restricted area is a circle with a radius of 30 NM (55 km) around Berlin and extends from the ground to flight level 100, or about 3,000 m.

All flights, including those by model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, are prohibited in this area. The flight restrictions do not apply to flights under instrument flight rules flying to or departing from Berlin airports, or to flights of the police, rescue services and other emergency services.

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 size of the area, a map of the restricted area 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 5,650 employees as at 31 December 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.