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Arriving Traffic

We ask all pilots to also read the General section with information relevant to all pilots.


STAR assignment

You can usually expect not to fly out your STAR and instead to get radar vectors. However, you should be prepared to fly the STAR followed by a standard approach via the Wickede VOR (DOR).

Descent planning

To avoid having to fly unnecessarily long finals, pilots should plan to cross the following waypoints at the following altitudes. Remember that all altitude changes require an explicit clearance by ATC.

  • ARPEG: FL110
  • BAMSU: FL160
  • BADGO: FL140
  • DOMEG: FL80
  • ESADU: FL160
  • OSN: FL160
  • PADBA: FL70
  • SODNA: FL110
  • 10NM before TINSA: FL140


Approach procedures

The approach into Dortmund will usually be an ILS approach.


Pilots should plan the following speeds. Keep in mind that ATC instructions always take precedent.

  • Descent phase: 250 - 300 KIAS
  • Base: 220 KIAS
  • Turn to final: 180 - 200 KIAS

There is a restriction for maximum 250 KIAS below FL100 as the Dortmund TMA is partly class D and partly class E (with a TMZ below FL65).

You need to follow all speed instructions precisely until they are cancelled by ATC to ensure separation. If you need to slow down earlier for any reason, advise ATC immediately, so they can issue an appropriate instruction.


Especially when landing on runway 24, pilots have to be aware of the restriction on the use of taxiway B. This taxiway is only available for aircraft up to 30t MTOM. Heavier aircraft must vacate via taxiway A.


While Dortmund's layout is relatively simple, it is still important to conduct a thorough briefing of expected taxi routes as well as correct taxiing. To avoid delays for yourself and other users, start taxiing as soon as possible after receiving your taxi clearance.

If you are unsure about your taxi instructions, hold position and inform ATC immediately.


Stands 5 thru 12 are nose-out parking stands. This requires a push-in procedure for all arriving aircraft assigned to one of these stands.

Not all simulators and/or addons support push-in procedures. If you are unable for a push-in procedure, please inform ATC when you are assigned one the mentioned parking positions.