Stuttgart Tower is responsible for the runway and traffic within the D control zone.

Runway in use: Runway in use is based on the direction of the wind (METAR and TAF). There is no preferred direction used in Stuttgart. In calm conditions, it is also possible to use runway 07 for departures and runway 25 for landings (opposite departure). These departures against the operating direction need a release by Arrival prior startup and departure.

Taxiway Z: Taxiway Z is controlled by Ground. During 25 operations, Ground will inform Tower of crossing traffic up to 14m height (CAT1) or up to 6m (LVP). Crossing of higher aircraft has to be coordinated and Tower has to inform aircraft on final about possible ILS interference. During CAT1 operations, the aircraft on final must be able to proceed without ILS guidance within 4 NM final and during LVP this area has to be clear when inbound traffic is within 4 NM final, otherwise the inbound aircraft has to go around.
During 07 operations, crossings are always coordinated and the area between the stop bars has to be free while inbound traffic is within 2 NM final, otherwise the inbound aircraft has to go around.

DLH123, expect short term ILS interference by Airbus A320 crossing on Z.

Slow Aircraft: To increase efficiency, Tower can utilize visual departures for prop and turboprop aircraft up to 5.7t MTOM. These have to be coordinated with Arrival and accepted by the pilot. Separation always has to be ensured.

DEABC, advise able to accept visual departure.

07 North SID
heading 350
07 South SID
heading 160
25 North SID
heading 340
25 South SID
heading 200

ABTAL and ROTWE SIDs count as South departures.

DEABC, when airborne turn right HDG 340, maintain visual reference to the terrain until passing 3500ft, climb 5000ft, remain on tower frequency

The handoff to Arrival takes place when the aircraft passes the MVA.


Intersection: Pilots always need to be asked if they are able for any intersection except full length.

Bypass Area: If outbound traffic is not ready for departure and Tower knows it on time, this traffic can wait at the bypass area P1 or P2 (max. B739/A321). It is also possible to change the departure sequence when the preceding traffic will hold short of S and the succeeding traffic will take P1/P2 and S to the holdingpoint.

Separation: Initially, Stuttgart Tower is responsible for separation until transfer of communication.


Vacating Traffic: Tower shall give the initial turn onto taxiway N/S when vacating. This will ensure an efficient traffic flow and prevent blocking the runway by vacating (holding) traffic during the frequency change. The handoff should take place after the instruction to turn on N/S.

Missed Approaches: By default missed approaches are flown as published, deviations are only possible if necessary to ensure separation and Arrival has to be informed as soon as possible. Once separation is ensured the aircraft is sent to the northern Arrival (STG).

VFR Traffic