Oktoberfest in Munich 2019

The 186th Oktoberfest will take place in Munich from 21 September to 6 October 2019.  The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established a restricted area (ED-R München) as well as a radio mandatory zone (RMZ München) to ensure the safety of the event.

20.09.2019.- During the time of the Oktoberfest, both the restricted area and the RMZ will be activated daily from 08:00 hrs in the morning until 01.30 hrs on the following day. The restricted area is a circle with a radius of three nautical miles (5.5 km) around the conference venue and extends from the ground to flight level 100, or about 3,000 metres. The RMZ is also circular, but with a radius of nine nautical miles (approximately 16.6 km) around the venue. It extends from the ground to the lower limit of Class C airspace Munich.

Instrument flights are not affected
In the restricted area ED-R München, all flights, including those by model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, are prohibited. These restrictions do not apply to State aircraft, aircraft of the police, rescue and disaster control flights as well as flights under instrument flight rules at altitudes of 5,500 ft MSL (approx. 1,600 metres) and higher.

While flying in the RMZ München, VFR flights have to maintain continuous air-ground voice communication. Aircraft have to make an initial call before entering the RMZ and report when leaving the RMZ.

The control zones München and Oberpfaffenhofen, the restricted area ED-R München and the RMZ Oberschleissheim are excluded from this RMZ. As a rule, these regulations do not apply to IFR flights.

DFS information about the restricted area
Restricted areas are put in place as a security measure or 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 and a map of the restricted area and the RMZ can be found here.

Media contact:
Sandra Teleki
Telephone +49 (0)89 9780-124

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,500 employees as at 30/06/2019. 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 designated 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. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. www.dfs.de