Steering Committee

Jens Bischof
President of the BDL
Eurowings Aviation GmbH

“The attractiveness of Germany as an aviation hub is being put to the test: We face the major challenge of securing our competitiveness despite high location costs, while also investing in sustainable technologies.”


Eurowings has successfully positioned itself as a value airline for Europe by combining affordable and flexible flying with comfortable service and continuously investing in a modern, sustainable fleet. To solidify and expand our position as the first choice for vacationers and business travelers in European air travel, we rely on political frameworks that promote customer-oriented and sustainable air travel in Germany in the tough global competition.

Ludger van Bebber
Flughafen Dortmund GmbH

“A polycentric airport system makes a decisive contribution to the economic prosperity of regions and the companies located there.”


Germany’s regional airports are not only important employers and economic factors in the regions. They also contribute to the equivalence of living conditions, are indispensable for regional connectivity and fulfil the mobility needs of the population. The decentralised airports must therefore be strengthened in their position and freed from competitive disadvantages.

Dorothea von Boxberg
Brussels Airlines

We are committed to find a balance between our passion for discovering our planet and our responsibility to protect it for future generations. Sustainable aviation fuel and fleet renewal are important levers to achieve our ambitious sustainability goals. We will do our part, but we need all stakeholders – governments, oil companies, manufacturers, airports, passengers,… – to join forces.We are convinced that our mission to connect people, cultures and economies can go hand in hand with a reduced ecological impact.

Thomas Ellerbeck
TUI Group

“If regulation is understood correctly, industrial policy is beneficial for the area and its job market.”

Whoever travels and knows distant countries and cultures sees the world from a different perspective. Already, tourism is the most important economic sector in many countries. And the social and economic potential of tourism continues to grow. As TUI, we are aware of our responsibility for people, countries and the environment. We know that economic and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin when it comes to long-term success. Modern, environmentally efficient aircraft are in the interest of our environment, all people and the airlines. Companies want to continue to invest, but need room to maneuver and attractive competitive conditions.

Peter Gerber
President of the Federal Association of German Airlines BDF
Condor Flugdienst GmbH
"Flying must not become a luxury good. Our aim is to combine mobility, sustainability and economic viability."

We need fair and competitive framework conditions for the German aviation industry. Only then will airlines be able to invest extensively in modern, efficient aircrafts and sustainable technologies. This forms the basis for continuing to fulfil people’s pronounced need for mobility in the future and achieving ambitious sustainability goals at the same time.

Jost Lammers
Flughafen München GmbH

“German airports invest many millions to protect people in the vicinity of airports from aircraft noise in the best possible way.”

Where aircraft take off or land, noise is unavoidable, and there’s probably never going to be such a thing as a noiseless airport. But that doesn’t mean we have to resign ourselves to aircraft noise. Noise control is important to German aviation. In recent decades, German airports alone have invested around €500 million in passive noise-mitigation measures such as soundproof windows and ventilation systems. And together with airlines and German air traffic control, we are working on solutions to avoid aircraft noise, especially where it arises – on the aircraft. Our goal is to make flying even quieter.

Dr. Michael Niggemann
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
"Flying connects: German aviation opens up access to the globalized world in the heart of Europe. We offer reliable and modern connectivity for business and society and we secure international supply chains. This makes us indispensable service providers for our country."

To ensure that Germany remains a strong and competitive aviation location in the future, we urgently need a regulatory framework that guarantees fair international competition. We are working on this together.

Aletta von Massenbach
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH
„The aviation industry is faced with the challenge of managing basic mobility requirements in a CO2-neutral manner.“

It’s a given that increasing digitisation and improved interoperability of processes should make flying smoother and less time-consuming again as well as more sustainable. Offering our customers good service in the future is a core concern of the industry. This requires close and trusting cooperation between all partners involved.

Markus Otto
European Air Transport Leipzig (EAT) GmbH

“Air freight and time-critical express services in particular are important lifelines of the German economy. We connect German companies to international flows of goods and supply chains, thus securing Germany’s position as the world’s number-two champion in exports.”

Only around three percent of German export goods are delivered by air, to Asia, America, Africa and Australia. Much more substantial, however, is their value percentage: measured by value, air cargo makes up about 30 percent of the freight volume of all traffic carriers. Accordingly, air freight is enormously important for the German economy. Economic growth without air cargo? Inconceivable.

Lars Redeligx
Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH
"Per passenger, airlines in Germany pay almost twice as much in fees to the state as they do in fees to the airports. This development is causing lasting damage to aviation sites."

In a European and global comparison, the burden of state charges in Germany is particularly high. In addition to the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, this competitive disadvantage particularly affects airports such as Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, for which point-to-point connections are especially important. Thanks to attractive direct connections, they offer a wide range of services throughout Germany and at the same time short distances for travellers. I would like to contribute the perspective of these airports to the important work of the BDL.

Arndt Schoenemann
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

“The safe, orderly and expeditious handling of air traffic – this sums up the core task of DFS, the German air navigation service provider. Environmental and climate protection are an integral part of this task, which means that emission control and noise abatement are central to our work. This applies to the planning of flight procedures as well as to air traffic control provided from our towers and control centres.”


With up to 11,000 flight movements daily in one of the busiest airspaces in Europe, we are in a leading position in Europe not only in terms of air traffic volume but also with regard to technology. The constant enhancement of our technical infrastructure and operational air traffic control systems guarantees sustainable air traffic in Germany and Europe long into the future. Doing this ensures passengers reach their destinations safely and on time. Every day. Around the clock.

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Dr. Stefan Schulte
President of the German Airports Association ADV
Fraport AG

“Germany thrives on exports – and thus also on air traffic, which secures hundreds of thousands of jobs and incomes in Germany.”


Germany is the world’s number-two champion in export. This would be unthinkable without air traffic: Germany’s business people travel the world by plane, and high-quality products are shipped all over the globe by plane. This ensures economic strength, prosperity and countless jobs in Germany – not only in the air transport industry, but also in the many other sectors and companies in Germany that rely on exports.

Raoul Spanger
Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
“Passengers appreciate the privilege of shopping at the airport or on board an aircraft. It has been part of their travel experience for more than half a century. The best possible and smooth cooperation between German airports, airlines and the companies operating at the airport has a major impact on the satisfaction of our customers.”

The Duty Free and Travel Retail business forms an essential basis for profitable and future-oriented airport operations. The commercial revenues from this particular marketplace make an important contribution to the financing and profitability of airports as well as their infrastructure. In addition, the retail business at German airports with its many thousands of employees is an important job engine for the respective region.