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Air traffic continues to rise across Germany


Germany is currently experiencing its biggest traffic increase of the year, according to air navigation provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung.

Fuelled by the start of the holiday season and an easing of travel restrictions, DFS reports that it recorded the strongest traffic increase of the year so far in July.

And for the first time since March 2020, air traffic reached more than 50% of pre-pandemic levels.

In July, 182,545 flights under instrument flight rules were logged in German airspace. After the number of flights had already reached around 42% of the pre-pandemic level in June, it exceeded the 50% mark in July for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. Compared to 2019, the traffic volume amounted to 57% in July 2021.

With reference to the whole year, however, the effects of the massive drop in air traffic are still noticeable. Between January and July, a total of around 714,000 flights were recorded in German airspace. Despite all these increases, there were still 63% fewer flights than in the first seven months of 2019.

An upward trend is also evident at German airports. While the number of take-offs and landings was still around 62%  below the 2019 level in June, DFS recorded a decline of only 47% in July.

The front-runner among the major aviation hubs remains Frankfurt Airport, which counted 27,578 take-offs and landings in July, approximately 41% fewer compared to the pre-crisis month.

According to DFS Munich Airport also “showed a clear upward trend”, revealing that it logged 15,857 aircraft movements, about 58% fewer than before the pandemic.

Leipzig Airport continues to be the least affected by the decline, and its high share of air freight clearly distinguishes it from other airports: It recorded 6,437 take-offs and landings, only 5.1% fewer than in June 2019.


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