Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 banned from German airspace

The German Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, has closed German airspace to Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft with immediate effect.

12.03.2019.- DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air navigation service provider, has published the required Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). It states that all flights by Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 aircraft are banned from German airspace. This ban applies from 12 March 2019, 18.30 hrs (local time). It will be valid for an initial period of three months, i.e. until and including 12 June 2019.

Aircraft still flying in German airspace at the time of the ban’s publication are allowed to continue their flight until their exit or landing. New entries into German airspace as well as take-offs are no longer permitted from 18.30 hrs.

As a further precautionary measure, EASA will shortly publish a directive that will apply from 20.00 hrs (local time) suspending all flight operations of the two Boeing aircraft types in Europe. Besides, EASA will publish a safety directive which will suspend all flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU with the above-mentioned aircraft types. This directive will also become effective at 20.00 hrs (local time).

A NOTAM is an order which provides information at short notice required to ensure safe flight operations. NOTAMs are addressed to all airspace users including airlines and pilots. Within the course of pre-flight planning, pilots are obliged to obtain information about current NOTAMs. The DFS NOTAM Office publishes these Notices which are essential for aviation.

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees as at 31 December 2018. 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, more than 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 control towers at the 16 international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK.