740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–846
Memorandum by the United States Member of the Coordinating Committee (Clay)18
Report to the Control Council Concerning the Extension of Existing Air Corridors in Germany
To establish the net of air corridors that is required to provide for safe and economical operation of aircraft over Germany.
- Air transportation of passengers, cargo, and mail to meet Allied requirements between certain key areas is a present-day necessity in Germany.
- Passengers, cargo, and mail, transported by air, will arrive from and depart for other populated areas in Europe. In the interest of economy, air corridors for Germany should be co-ordinated and integrated into the system of airways serving densely populated areas in Europe outside of Germany.
- Some progress has been made in this direction by the establishment of the three corridors, Berlin–Frankfurt, Berlin–Buckeburg, Berlin–Hamburg. Flight rules have been established for these air corridors and radio aids are under discussion.
- Unfortunately, the agreed corridors do not provide the number of direct routes required, and the nations operating aircraft over Germany are forced to fly indirect routes with the resulting low utilization of aircraft, loss of time and waste of fuel.
- In view of the desires of the Control Council as expressed in the Thirteenth Meeting of the Control Council 30 November 1945,19 it is deemed appropriate to reopen the question of air corridors to make a more complete pattern covering transit between the principal cities of Germany and to other prominent European centers.
It is recommended:
- That the present system of agreed air corridors in Germany
be extended and augmented by other air corridors over
Germany which are required to form parts of the following
direct routes (see Annex “A”20):
- That the aircraft of the four nations governing Germany be permitted full freedom of use of these corridors without notice; and
- That air traffic along all air corridors conform to the rules of flight now prescribed for the three existing air corridors.
- This paper, transmitted to the Department as an enclosure to despatch 2799, April 8, from Berlin was considered at the 43rd meeting of the Coordinating Committee on March 12 and referred by that body to the Air Directorate for study and submission of recommendations (740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–846).↩
- For text of the minutes of this meeting, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. iii, p. 1582.↩
- Annex A, not printed, consisted of a map delineating the routes listed.↩