DFS expects long recovery from coronavirus, sees EUR2 billion in lost charge

    DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH reported (07-Jan-2021) it does not anticipate a recovery in aircraft movement levels in Germany for several years, even following the successful development and initial roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in individual countries. DFS chief operations officer Dirk Mahns said it will “likely be 2025 before we see a return to pre-pandemic levels.” DFS also estimated it will lose around EUR2 billion in charges compared to its original budget, but will not be able to reduce its costs to the same degree. Mr Mahns said that even with reduced traffic, the ANSP must keep at least 70% of controllers in place as it cannot close airspace or ATC towers. DFS reported German airspace handled 1.46 million aircraft movement under instrument flight rules in 2020, a decline of -56.2%. It stated the last time aircraft movements were at this level was 1989. [more – original PR]

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