Respondents were asked about civilian flight delays due to ongoing exercises, noise from military aircraft, and other interference. 67 percent considered all these unpleasant moments justified. 27 percent of those surveyed responded negatively. At the same time, the most dissatisfied, 43 percent, were among East Germans.
Air force exercises led by Germany’s Air Force Air Defender 2023 will run until June 23. Some 250 aircraft and 10,000 soldiers from 25 NATO countries and allied states participate in them. Three large air zones over Germany were closed in connection with the exercises, causing massive delays in civilian flights that coincided with the start of the tourist season.