Steering Committee


Michael Eggenschwiler

Flughafen Hamburg GmbH

“Germany’s airports strengthen the performance of the economy. With the many jobs they provide and the companies that set up operations at or near airports, they are a German dynamo.”

Air travel ensures that the rapidly growing demand for mobility is met. It is vitally significant for the national economy. The industry is environmentally conscious, technologically extremely innovative and efficient: The airlines transport more and more passengers per flight, so that the number of flights is growing at a significantly lower rate than the number of passengers. In this respect, the industry has achieved a great deal in terms of sustainable environmental management.”

Thomas Ellerbeck

TUI Group

"Regulation, understood correctly, is industrial policy that benefits both business locations and jobs"

People who travel and have seen far-off lands and cultures see the world from a different perspective. Tourism is the most important economic sector in many countries, and its social and economic potential continues to grow. At TUI we are aware of our responsibilities towards people, our destination countries and the environment. We know that economic and ecological sustainability are two sides of the same coin when it comes to long-term success. Modern, eco-efficient aircraft are in the interest of our environment, the airlines and mankind. The companies in our sector want to continue investing, but to do that they need the appropriate freedoms and a competitive framework.


Thorsten Dirks

Eurowings Aviation GmbH

Peter Gerber

Lufthansa Cargo AG

“As the global export champion, Germany needs strong logistics. Fast, safe and reliable transport over long distances – these are the advantages of airfreight."

In Germany, we are in the exceptional position to be home to the strongest airfreight market in Europe with outstanding logistics know-how and a highly qualified workforce. Together, the aviation industry and policymakers in the state, federal government and EU should focus on challenging self-made barriers to competition such as restrictive operating regulations, taxes and charges, emissions trading, and delays in the Single European Sky. In international competition, fair conditions among market participants are crucial to ensure that the German aviation industry does not fall behind.


Gunnar Heinemann

Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG

„If the German aviation sector has a good image, retailers at German airports and their many thousands of employees also stand to benefit, because the more flights there are available and the more passengers use German airports, the more we can secure existing and create new attractive jobs.“

People fly in order to experience different cultures and customs – be it for business or personal reasons. Air travel represents an entirely positive kind of globality and people appreciate to encounter international brands on their travels, be it in the airport or on board the plane. And being able to buy a product for a very good price is a special experience.


Dr. Michael Hupe

Flughafen Nürnberg GmbH

"Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Freizügigkeit in der Europäischen Union bringen wir nur mit einem effizienten Luftverkehrssystem voran. Die Deregulierung der Verkehrsrechte innerhalb der EU hat dabei zu einem sprunghaft verbesserten Kundennutzen geführt."

Zusammen mit den Airlines bieten die deutschen Flughäfen ein weites Spektrum an Flugverbindungen an. In Deutschland profitieren die individuellen Kunden mit ihren spezifischen Bedürfnissen von den diversifizierten Angeboten von großen Drehkreuzflughäfen bis hin zu Regionalflughäfen. Das Angebot könnte für den Verbraucher noch attraktiver sein, würden in Deutschland die Möglichkeiten des einheitlichen Rechtsraumes innerhalb der EU im Sinne der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der Akteure im deutschen Luftverkehr auch genutzt.

Dr. Michael Kerkloh

President of the German Airports Association (ADV)

“German airports invest many millions to best protect the people in their neighbourhood from airplane noise.”

Noise is unavoidable whenever planes take off or land, and airports will most likely never be without noise. But that does not mean that we resign ourselves to airplane noise. Noise protection is important to German aviation. In recent decades, German airports have invested 500 billion euro in noise protection measures such as soundproof windows and ventilation systems for residents in airport vicinities. And together with airlines and the German air traffic control, we are working to reduce airplane noise right at its source – the airplane. Our goal is to make flying ever quieter.


Markus Otto

European Air Transport Leipzig (EAT) GmbH

“Air freight and especially express cargo connections today make up the arteries of the German economy. We link German companies with the international flows of trade and supply chains – and by doing so, we ensure Germany’s position as the world’s Number Two of exporting countries.”

Only three per cent of all German exports are delivered by air to Asia, America, Australia and Africa. Measured by value, however, Germany’s air cargo has a tremendous significance: Air cargo makes up 30 per cent of the value of all German exports. Air freight therefore is key to the German economy. Economic growth without air cargo? That is unthinkable.


Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (German Air Traffic Control)

“Our task is to operate air traffic as safely, efficiently and environmentally as possible. This means both avoiding detours when planning flight paths and protecting people from aviation noise.”

The DFS principle is, in short: Safe flight paths with as low a burden as possible on the population. At the same time we seek to provide the best service for our customers, with flight routing that ensures flights are on-time and as direct as possible.


Thomas Schnalke

“The mobility of people is the main focus of our work. In order to meet this objective, we have to promote our airports and act strongly in favour of operating hours that are geared to requirements.”

“Nations that fly are wealthy nations”. This statement was coined by the BMVI [the Federal German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure], for whom the aviation concept was developed. With regard to the infrastructure of an airport, the quality of a location is particularly determined by connectivity, i.e. the varied connection to the international air traffic network. The connection to foreign growth markets, for instance, therefore has a decisive influence on the overall development of an industrial nation. Off-peak times are enormously important in order to provide passengers and companies with planning security and reliability.”

Dr. Stefan Schulte

Fraport AG

“Germany lives from exports – and this means also from air traffic. And air traffic again secures hundreds of thousands of jobs and incomes in Germany.”

Germany is the world’s Number Two exporter. This achievement would be impossible without air traffic: Germany’s business people travel the world by plane. High-value products, in particular, are delivered across the globe by plane. This ensures economic strength, prosperity and countless jobs in Germany – not only in the air transport industry, but also in many other companies and economic sectors which rely on exports in Germany.

Carsten Spohr

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

“When you fly with a German airline, you’re in safe hands! German airlines prove this every day!”

German aviation stands by the principle: Safety always comes first! As a result, no other mode of transport is as safe as flying. Air fleets in Germany are constantly put through their paces. Pilots and crews are required to complete a rigorous training programme. Regular further training courses are part and parcel of their job. We never compromise on safety!


Ralf Teckentrup

Condor Flugdienst GmbH, and President of BDF (German Airline Association)

“Until recently, only a few could afford to fly. Today, we all enjoy flying away on holiday! We want it to stay that way – and this is why we need fair competitive conditions in aviation!”

Aviation is not a wealthy sector, as the competition is hard and the combined load of taxation and charges high. Only a few euros from any ticket price are left over for the airlines. To keep air travel affordable for everybody, the German aviation sector is fighting for fair competitive conditions. Additional state duties like air traffic taxes are particularly harmful.