Safe airspace for the Euro 2024 football championship

German Ministry of Transport establishes restricted areas
Restricted areas will be established above the football stadiums at the venues for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship. Drone flights are prohibited within these areas, with exceptions only for the police and emergency services.

There is great anticipation surrounding the championship in Germany as Germany prepares to host one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Special safety measures are needed, however, to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

One area of safety involves the airspace above football stadiums during matches where drone flights will be prohibited. This regulation is of crucial importance to minimise potential risks for players, spectators and overall public safety.
Violating this prohibition on drone flight is not a trivial matter under the law. It can be viewed by the authorities as dangerous interference in air traffic. The German Criminal Code provides for a prison sentence of up to ten years for this offence.

Manned flights may also be subject to restrictions based on the security situation. Depending on the police's assessment of the threat level of a game, further flight restrictions for manned aviation may be activated at short notice in addition to the drone ban.

To fly drones safely and in accordance with the rules during Euro 2024, more information can be found on the DIPUL website, the digital platform for unmanned aviation of the German Federal Ministry of Transport.

Click here to find more information on the DIPUL site.
Display of the restricted areas in DIPUL’s Map Tool.

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,700 employees as at 31 December 2023. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide more than three million flights through German airspace in peak years, up to 10,000 every day. The company operates control centres in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Langen and Munich as well as control towers at the 15 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary, DFS Aviation Services GmbH, markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at Edinburgh Airport in the United Kingdom. DFS is working on the integration of drones into air traffic and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom. Other subsidiaries include R. Eisenschmidt GmbH, which markets publications and products for general aviation, and Kaufbeuren ATM Training GmbH (KAT), which provides training for military air traffic services personnel. The joint venture FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH offers flight inspection services.