Germany to alter law to sell air traffic control

FRANKFURT - German transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee is seeking a change to the country’s constitution to enable privatisation of the country’s air-traffic control company, he said on Monday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Mon 16 Apr 2007, 6:33 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:12 PM

Since a sale of Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) had failed to take place in a first attempt last year, there would be no way around a change in the constitution, Tiefensee said at an aviation summit in Frankfurt.

Parliament was currently discussing how to proceed, he said, adding that the course would be set before parliament goes into summer recess.

The German government wants to sell 74.9 percent of DFS, from which it hopes to reap around 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion).

But in October the country’s president, Horst Koehler, refused to sign a new law allowing for the sale of a stake in DFS because he determined that the law, approved by parliament, was not consistent with the German constitution.

German airlines Lufthansa and Air Berlin have expressed an interest in buying the DFS stake, as have travel company TUI and international investors.

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