Steering Committee

J├╝rgen Werner Bula

Steering Committee German Airports Association (ADV)

Germany is a powerful country and it needs an efficient air traffic network – a network, which is built on the individual strengths of each airport and its region.”

Time is more precious than ever to people today. Whether tourist or business traveller, no one wants to spend hours to reach the nearest airport. Luckily, hardly anyone needs to do so: Germany’s regions are well connected to the airport network. This makes flexible and easy travel possible not only for residents of metropolitan areas. German airports connect the regions directly to the world.


Michael Garvens

Steering Committee of the German Airports Association (ADV)

“The German economy booms where access to aviation is nearby. We must therefore develop our airports, and campaign for operating hours that are in line with market needs.”

The economy is booming around Germany’s large airports. Aviation ensures that our nation’s companies are connected to globalised production processes and international commodity flows. In order to safeguard this connection, the German economy needs the “night shift”: Night flights allow for goods to be dispatched at the end of one production day, and delivered the next morning, e.g. in the US, for further processing.


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 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.


Stefan Pichler

Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG

“Day after day, Germany’s airlines deliver an exceptionally punctual and friendly service. It is no coincidence that they regularly score top marks in customer satisfaction surveys – a clear competitive advantage.”

Customer service is a key factor of competitiveness. A flight passenger who is dissatisfied with the service received is likely to turn to a different airline for his or her next journey. This is why airlines take customer service very seriously, and compete for loyalty with attractive offers, service and goodwill. With success: German air traffic providers regularly scores top marks in the area of customer satisfaction.


Dr. Dieter Nirschl

TUIfly GmbH

“German airline fleets count among the most modern in the world. We fly fuel-efficient aircraft – not only because kerosene prices are so high, but also because we want our flights to be CO2 efficient!”

Kerosene makes up about a third of all airline costs. As a result, it is in the best interests of every airline to be energy efficient! And although flight travel has increased today, it is more fuel efficient than ever – with better capacity utilisation, the latest engines, and increasingly efficient flight techniques. That is kind not only to our customers’ wallets, but also to the environment.


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.

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.