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DECENTRALISED AVIATION IN GERMANY - Social and economic benefits


Decentralised or regional airports boost the competitiveness of our companies and strengthen the growth of the regional economy. In addition, they help to relieve the burden on the heavily frequented main airports.


These are the conclusions of a survey on "Decentralized Aviation in Germany" initiated by the German Business Aviation Association e. V. (GBAA) and others. This survey was presented to the public at the Würth Representative Office in Berlin on Wednesday 07.11.2018, to representatives from politics, business and the aviation press.


The invitation was hosted by the GBAA and Klaus-Peter Willsch, Chairman of the Aerospace Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. "The opportunities and the possibilities of the decentralized airport infrastructure in Germany are rarely perceived and by no means optimally used", underlined the participants of the panel discussion after the presentation of the study. "We require an integrated air traffic concept for extensive mobility, which in particular must also take decentralised airports into account," was the agreed opinion of the panel.


The survey, which was completed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.), the House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) and the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH) over a period of more than twelve months, is now available in German. Steffen Merz, member of the GBAA board underlined, "the important social and economic benefits of decentralised air transport. Regional airports are the key factors for the economic development of a region," he concluded.


Well-specialised companies and hidden champions need close and direct access to air traffic. Business Aviation has become the second most important role of decentralised air traffic mobility alongside scheduled and air charter traffic. After all, two thirds of all flights in Germany are non scheduled flights. Business Aviation offers additional connectivity and flexibility through the use of the entire airport spectrum.


Business Aviation saves time and money. On average 125 minutes per trip within Europe! In addition to fulfilling economic functions, decentralised air traffic generates an annual gross value of 4.64 billion Euros with its directly and indirectly employed people. Decentralised airports are essential parts of the transport infrastructure and must be equipped to function.


A summary of the most important conclusions can be found in our small brochure:

Decentralised Aviation in Germany

You can download the entire survey here: