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FRANKFURT – Even during the Corona crisis, some German airports have invested heavily in their security equipment. During its annual “airport control” on Thursday, the pilots’ union “Vereinigung Cockpit” praised the level of security “still very good”, but still sees room for improvement.

In the eyes of pilots, the safest airport in Germany is again Munich, with its high-quality instrument landing systems on all runways.

Leipzig-Halle followed in second place with the new northern runway and the “unique good lighting in Germany” of the taxiways. Frankfurt’s largest German airport again landed in the middle. As with previous checks of this type, Mannheim Airport, which VC says is poorly located for the approach, received the lowest rating.

Heringsdorf Airport in Usedom received particular praise for the renewal of the approach lights and the installation of so-called stop bars at the approaches to the runway, which was not common in Germany so far . Red lights are the last stop line to prevent pilots from taxiing onto a runway where another aircraft is taking off or landing.

“In terms of equipment, the airports are well prepared for increased traffic movements and are also investing in new equipment or optimizing processes through systematic improvements,” explained VC spokesman Mattias Baier.

It is hoped that the recovery will be used in the years to come to install even deeper improvements in order to remain at the cutting edge of technology. Specifically, the VC committed to more stop bars and a uniform system for naming traffic lanes.

Annual security check

Since 1978, a working group of the Cockpit Association has subjected German commercial airports to an annual safety check. Since 1996, regional airports are also included, provided there is significant scheduled traffic. The basis of the survey is a catalog of criteria that includes both international regulations and additional equipment that makes sense from the pilot’s point of view. The methodology has been modified for this report.

© dpa-AFX | Illustration: GMF | 08/11/2022 12:26

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Source aero.de

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