DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees (as at 30 June 2020). DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 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. Its subsidiary DFS Aviation Services offers products and services related to air traffic management worldwide and provides air navigation services at nine German regional airports as well as 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.
With his more than 30 years of experience in aviation, Arndt Schoenemann brings a perspective that spans the whole industry, a deep personal interest in technical innovation and operational management experience. Mr Schoenemann was managing director of Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH for the last twelve years, one of the leading aerospace suppliers in Germany. Thanks to his involvement in the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), he is well connected in the sector, both nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the BDLI board since 2005 and a vice-president since 2011. Schoenemann was most recently also a member of the board and chairman of the Supply Chain Commission of the Aerospace & Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). On 1 April 2021, Arndt Schoenemann (56) took over as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air navigation service provider.
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