Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation

270 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 February 2021
Employment effect (start)
19 February 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2024


Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS - the German air navigation services), a company that is under control of the central public administration, plans to cut 270 jobs. The planned job cuts will affect air traffic controllers. Redundancies are to be fully realised by the end of 2024. In addition, the company will reduce the number of vocational trainees in air traffic control. Redundancies are deemed necessary as flight traffic is lower since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and is not expected to recover soon. DFS has negotiated an agreement with the sectoral union GDF ruling out redundancies due to operational reasons. Therefore, job cuts need to be realised on a voluntary basis, for example by early retirement.



Eurofound (2021), Deutsche Flugsicherung, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 103656, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103656.