Leipzig/Halle Airport which falls under the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen airport group has reorganised its managment structure with Götz Ahmelmann heading up Mitteldeutsche Flughafen as its CEO and chairman of the boards at Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) and Dresden (DRS) Airports.
Ahmelmann is supported in this role by Management Board member, Johannes Jähn, who is COO and is responsible for operations at the two airports as their managing director, and also for the planned and extensive expansion of Leipzig/Halle Airport.
Dieter Köhler, meanwhile, is in charge of the finances and personnel departments in the holding and at the airports in his position as CFO.
The new structure is the result of proposals put forth to the Supervisory Board at Mitteldeutsche Flughafen (MFAG) by Götz Ahmelmann, CEO at MFAG since 15 October, to carve out a stronger position for the company.
The company also bid farewell to the long-standing member of the Management Board, Markus Kopp.
“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.
The Supervisory Board and Markus Kopp reached agreement by mutual consent that he would leave the Management Board in November 2018, a few months earlier than the normal expiry date on his contract on 30 April 2019, but would continue to act in an advisory role. Kopp spent almost 13 years on the Management Board of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG).
The Supervisory Board thanked Kopp for his successful work and many years of management at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports. “Thanks to Markus Kopp’s efforts, it was possible to consistently turn the airports into major economic factors for the whole of Central Germany,” the board says.
Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen and chairman of the Supervisory Board at Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, adds: “Mr Kopp has made a significant contribution to ensuring that the corporate group has been able to position itself in a difficult market environment and achieve extremely dynamic growth in air freight.”
Leipzig/Halle Airport handled about 2.37 million passengers and approx. 1.14 million tonnes of air freight in 2017, making it Germany’s second-largest cargo airport.
A sole service provider – PortGround – provides ground handling, cargo and other extensive services around the clock at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports.