ROUNDUP / Air traffic control: Air traffic over Germany is only slowly recovering
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LANGEN (dpa-AFX) – Air traffic over Germany only slowly recovered from the Corona low point in the past year 2021. Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and other institutions controlled 1.67 million take-offs, landings and overflights, only 14.3 percent more movements than in 2020, as the federally owned company reported on Monday in Langen near Frankfurt. A traffic density was achieved that was just above that in 1991 and roughly half of the level observed before Corona.
In 2020, with 1.46 million flight movements, there was the lowest value since German reunification, although a full flight plan was flown for a few weeks before the corona shock in March of that year.
Civil cargo and passenger jets as well as military planes fly according to the instrument rules. They are monitored and guided by pilots in higher-level centers and in the towers of the airports. For air traffic control, the falling number of controlled flights also means significantly lower fee income, without the costs for personnel and infrastructure being able to be reduced to the same extent.
Air traffic also suffered from the pandemic-related travel restrictions in 2021. In the summer in particular, European traffic had recovered, while many intercontinental destinations could still not be reached or only to a very limited extent. Domestic air traffic also fell sharply due to a lack of demand. The development shows that the pandemic is far from over, said DFS boss Arndt Schoenemann, also with a view to personnel shortages as a result of the Omikron variant. “That is why we at DFS are assuming that we will probably not reach the pre-crisis level again until 2025.”
The fastest recovery was at the Frankfurt and Leipzig-Halle airports, which are also the two largest hubs for air freight, which is still very much in demand in Germany. At smaller airports such as Dresden, Bremen, Erfurt or Münster, the flight movements fell below the figures from 2020./ceb/DP/eas
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