Air traffic on the rise in Germany

For the first time since 2011, Germany again recorded over three million flights in a year.

12.01.2016.- DFS controlled exactly 3,029,066 aircraft movements in 2015, a rise of 1.6 percent over the previous year.
The year 2014 had already seen a slight increase to 2,980,437 flights as compared with the traffic declines of 2012 and 2013. The last time more than three million flights were flown in the German airspace was 2011. The year 2008 still holds the record for the number of flights per annum (3.15 million).

A Friday, 18 September, was the day with the most traffic in 2015 with 10,065 aircraft movements (compared with 27 June 2014 with 10,052 aircraft movements). Since 2007, the day with the most traffic in Germany has always fallen on a Friday.

The number of take-offs and landings at the regional and international airports in Germany also increased in 2015 compared with the previous year. A total of 2,142,702 aircraft took off or landed at these airports. This was an increase of 1.2 percent compared with 2014, which recorded 2,116,906 take-offs and landings. At the international airports in Germany, traffic rose by 1.2 percent (1,971,606 take-offs and landings). At German regional airports, traffic numbers went up by 1.3 percent (171,096 take-offs and landings).


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.