Safe airspace for the visit of the US President

Ministry of Transport establishes restricted area

18.04.2016.- On 24 April 2016, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, will join Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the trade fair Hannover Messe. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established a restricted area to protect the event.

The area is scheduled to be activated from Sunday, 24 April 2016, 9.00 hrs, to Monday, 25 April 2016, 18:00 hrs. The restricted area is a circle with a radius of about 30 NM (55 km) around the city of Hannover and extends from the ground to flight level 100, corresponding to about 3,000 m.

All flights, including model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, are prohibited in this area. The flight restrictions do not apply to flights under instrument flight rules (IFR), such as the aircraft movements to and from Hannover Airport, 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 orientation of the areas, maps depicting the restricted areas as well as further information can be found on the DFS website www.dfs.de. Restricted areas


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.