Steering Committee

Thorsten Dirks
Eurowings Aviation GmbH
"Unbounded mobility is a matter of course today. Gone are the days when flying was a luxury and something really extraordinary." German airlines make it possible for millions of people to fly almost anywhere today: not only safely, reliably and inexpensively, but also at almost any time and season. A well-functioning infrastructure and fair cross-border competitive conditions are indispensable if German airlines are to defend their leading role in international air traffic.
Michael Eggenschwiler
Flughafen Hamburg GmbH
"The German airports strengthen the performance of the economy and give impetus to Germany due to their many workplaces and the companies that set up in and around the airports." Air traffic meets people’s strongly growing desire for mobility and is of great importance for the economy. The industry is environmentally conscious, highly technically innovative and efficient: the airlines transport more and more passengers per flight, so the number of flights increases by significantly less than the number of passengers. The industry has achieved a great deal here in terms of sustainable environmental management.
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
Lufthansa Cargo AG
"As the world's leading exporter, 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 of being able to accommodate the strongest airfreight market in Europe with outstanding logistics know-how and a highly qualified workforce. Together, the aviation industry and politicians at the state, federal and EU level need to work in a focused manner to question self-inflicted barriers to competition such as restrictive operating permits, taxes and levies, emissions trading and delays in the Single European Sky. In international competition, fair conditions among market participants are of crucial importance to ensure that the German aviation industry does not fall behind.
Dr. Detlef Kayser
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
"Who flies with a German airline is in safe hands! This is what German airlines prove every day!" German aviation always acts according to the principle "safety first," and the result speaks for itself: no other mode of transport is as safe as flying. The German air fleet is constantly put through its paces. Pilots and crews are required to undergo rigorous training. Regular training and further education are compulsory. When it comes to safety, we make no compromises!
Dr. Michael Kerkloh
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.
Gunnar Heinemann
Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
"The retail industry at German airports, with its many thousands of employees, also benefits from German aviation’s excellent image. Because the greater the number of flights on offer and the more passengers using German airports, the more attractive jobs can be ensured and created." People always fly to get to know different people and their cultures – be it for business or pleasure. Air traffic represents an entirely positive form of globality, and people appreciate encountering international brands on their travels. Be it at the airport or on board an airplane, shopping at particularly favorable prices is an exceptional experience.
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.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH and President of the BDL
"Our task is to operate air traffic in as safe, efficient and environmentally friendly a way as possible. This means avoiding detours when planning flight routes and protecting people from aircraft noise." DFS’s principle is: aviation safety is our top priority. But DFS is also making every possible effort to protect the population from avoidable, unacceptable noise pollution. At the same time, we seek to provide the best service for our customers and make our contribution with flight routing that ensures flights are on time and as direct as possible.
Thomas Schnalke
Düsseldorf GmbH
"Human mobility is the focus of our work. In order to achieve this, we must support our airports and advocate operating times that are geared to demand." "Air travel nations are prosperous nations," the BMVI states, referring to the extensive basic research that was done for the air traffic concept. With regard to the airport infrastructure, it is primarily the connectivity – i.e., the many connections to the international air traffic network – that determines the quality of a location. The link to growth markets abroad, for example, therefore plays a key role in the overall development of an industrial region. For this reason, off-peak times are enormously important for passengers and companies to enjoy planning security and reliability.
Walter Schoefer
Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
"Mobility is a megatrend that will continue to determine the coming decades. The possibility of flying has changed the world, fundamentally and in the long term, and it will continue to do so." Airports connect people, they make other countries experienceable, in Europe and worldwide. This is especially important in times when cracks are opening up, in Europe or in the international community. Air traffic is also a basis for our prosperity. We would be well advised to develop it further vigorously so that it will continue to meet the demands of sustainable mobility in the future - reliably, safely and compatible with climate protection.
Dr. Stefan Schulte
Fraport AG and President of the Flughafenverband ADV
"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.
Ralf Teckentrup
Condor Flugdienst GmbH and President of the BDF
"In the past, flying was only affordable for a few people. Today we all enjoy flying on vacation! We want to keep it that way – and this is why we need fair competitive conditions!" Aviation is not a wealthy sector, as competition is fierce and the burden of taxes and charges is high. In the end, only a few euros of the ticket prices remain for the airlines. To keep air travel affordable, the German aviation sector is fighting for fair competitive conditions. Additional state duties such as the air travel tax are particularly harmful.