New management structure at Central German airports

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Dec 10, 2018: Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG), the parent company of two airports, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden Airport, has decided to create a new management structure during a meeting held recently.

The Supervisory Board at MFAG has decided to take this step following the suggestion proposed by Gotz Ahmelmann, who has been CEO at MFAG since October 15.

In addition, they also split from long-standing member of the Management Board, Markus Kopp. The Supervisory Board and Markus Kopp reached agreement by mutual consent that he would leave the Management Board in November 2018, i.e. a few months earlier than the normal expiry date on his contract on April 30, 2019, but would continue to act in an advisory role. He has spent almost 13 years on the Management Board of MFAG.

According to the new structure, Gotz Ahmelmann who heads Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG as its CEO is also chairman of the boards at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports.

Johannes Jahn, Management Board member, who is chief operating officer, remains in the role. He is not only responsible for operations at the two airports as their managing director, but also for the planned and extensive expansion of Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Dieter Kohler is in charge of the finances and personnel departments in the holding and at the airports in his position as chief financial officer.

Gotz Ahmelmann said, “The Central German airports have huge potential. I’ve got to know many committed employees during my first few weeks here. Together, we’ll make the airports even more attractive for our customers and passengers. In addition to stabilising and expanding the airline services at our two airports, we’ll place great importance on improving the road and rail links. Leipzig/Halle Airport is also a good alternative for passengers from Berlin and Brandenburg because of the notorious capacity bottlenecks at Tegel and Schonefeld Airports in Berlin and at the future BER hub.”

“By allocating the responsibilities in a new way, we’ll provide clear structures at the Central German airports, streamline the decision processes and therefore become more efficient. We can then focus on our main tasks more consistently in future, make use of the outstanding growth opportunities in the passenger and freight sectors and strengthen the cooperation between the airports at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden,”  adds Ahmelmann.

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