London Gatwick

German company Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) has secured a contract to provide air traffic control services at London Gatwick Airport.

The contract was awarded to DFS after a tender process in which proposals were by several companies.

An agreement to this effect will be signed at the end of the month.

Under the terms of the contract, DFS will provide air traffic and approach services under 4,000ft around the airport over the next ten years, which are currently being provided by NATS.

DFS also plans to offer new services from October 2015. However, NATS will continue to provide all air navigation services above 4,000ft from its base in Swanwick.

"DFS is a company of great standing, operating an extensive network of air traffic control services in Germany."

London Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: "DFS is a company of great standing, operating an extensive network of air traffic control services in Germany.

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"It is a well-known and well-respected provider in this industry and across Europe and has demonstrated a forward looking approach to its business, which matches our own ambitious plans to grow.

"We appreciate the contribution to our business made by NATS over many years and look forward to continuing to work with them in the transition period and across more general air traffic control services."

Image: London Gatwick’s control tower. Photo: courtesy of London Gatwick Airport.