Germany is connected to the whole world today: German companies trade to countries far away. And we travel to destinations we could only dream about in the past. Thanks to aviation, our society has arrived in an age of speedy and limitless mobility. This has enormous economic significance: About 850,000 German jobs and incomes depend directly or indirectly on air traffic. Countless others have been created by businesses settling near airports. More than four fifths of all direct investment in Germany takes place in the environs of airports. Roughly 10,000 flights a day keep Germany connected around the clock to international commodity flows. In other words: Air traffic ensures Germany’s success as a business location and as a prime export economy.