Deutsche Flugsicherung

Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) is the company in charge of air traffic control for Germany. It is a company organized under private law and 100% owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. Since January 1993, DFS has been controlling air traffic in Germany. In Germany, military and civil air traffic controllers work side by side. Since 1994, DFS has been responsible for the handling of both civil and military air traffic in peacetime. Only military aerodromes are exempted from this integration.[1]

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung
IndustryAir traffic control
PredecessorBundesanstalt für Flugsicherung Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedJanuary 1, 1993 (1993-01-01)
Number of locations
4 Control Centers (2016) Operates 16 Airport Towers in Germany (2016)
Area served
  • 997.798 Million (2009)
OwnerFederal Republic of Germany
Number of employees
6000+ (1,897 Air Traffic Controllers) (English)


DFS was formed by the Bundesanstalt für Flugsicherung [de] (BFS). The BFS was established in 1953 and Closed in January 1993. Previously, DFS was Founded as a private GmbH.

Running costs and feesEdit

DFS's running costs are covered by applicable route charges ( "Flugsicherungsgebühren", collected by Eurocontrol for its 37 participating member states) and by approach and departure fees (determination by the BMVBS by ordinance and collected directly by DFS)

According to the Gesellschaftsvertrag, DFS is a not-for-profit company. Any surpluses generated must also be repaid in accordance with the internationally accepted principles for the collection of air navigation charges to airspace users.

Area control centersEdit

DFS operates four area control centers located in:


DFS operates the air navigation services on behalf and at its own expense, as defined by the BMVBS at the following airports:


The DFS develops and uses Linux based Software for their purpose.[2]


  1. ^ "About DFS: Business". Deutsche Flugsicherung. 2009-06-22. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  2. ^ Presentation at FOSEM 2017 by Dr. Gerolf Ziegenhain (en)

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