Hilgen airport: “It return a lot of self-control”
One more year has Kassel Mayor Bertram Hilgen in office. In his last interview with the summer HNA gave an almost militant commitment and the airport called conservative artistic freedom of Documenta.
Suddenly you had a beard. As?
SUPPORTS, I love my wife, which is crucial. He always had a beard before I applied for the first time in the mayor’s office. But my election power struggle said at the time: The views of the Agreement does not look good. As I did, and had a big fight with my girlfriend. Meanwhile, they get used to, but now they need more signs. Now I’m a little gray, back to the onset of 2004.
For a serious question: It seems that the government of the black-green government is fully behind Kassel-Calden Airport.
It argues, my impression is that the Hessian Minister of Economics and President fully supports the airport and want to develop positively. Therefore, I have no worries that the state government could degrade or manage the airport closed. Rather, it is Dr. Thomas Schäfer, the high level of expertise and commitment.
And what he did as a member of the supervisory board and the politicians of the SPD?
I care ,, he argued that the airport as mayor during the difficult period in which it is due to tensions with Turkey and Egypt, the most developed. It will take a number of years until established as a new airport in the market. And as mayor, I am willing to take the long route.
But the agreement black-green coalition stated that the airport is already in 2017 considered and decided on its future.
The Committee believes that this is a political statement of government parties in Wiesbaden. I just want to emphasize: We have contracts with the land. We have 2004, a legally binding declaration of principles determined that we want to build and operate an airport and shareholders bear the losses according to their actions. This Agreement may be amended with the consent of all partners and four (the state of Hesse, the city of Kassel Calden district and the municipality, n. D. Network.). In this respect, a unilateral approach of the country are not legally possible – and do not think the country wants in the end.
In other words, even in a rebate from the airport to the airport with the consent of all parties is possible?
The Committee believes that this type is that we have financed and built a commercial airport, but the airport of € 271 million – and this is not to be despised ..
But the situation at the airport is not the best. No winter and no commitment Germania time, whether in Calden was really flies 2017. If you have to pull the ripcord to stop offering more tax money?
Said first is that we, and by that I mean the three shareholders and municipal objectives have always argued that the regional economy at the airport in the first place, and not in the income statement of the airport company . Second, work, in addition to 135 airport employees 800 people in 20 companies that probably without Calden Airport unresolved. And third, beyond the tourist flights, we have a number of companies worldwide that make their money and fly from Calden in Nordhessen. Moreover, there were 2,015 business aviation around 1,400 aircraft movements.
So it is always ready at the airport?
He argues that about 6 million loss € City Airport will contribute approximately one million euros – which is a lot of money, but with a budget of 750 million euros manageable size. Therefore, I am sure we cover the shortage does not take a number of years. While the latter, at present not known. But it was clear from the start: a project like this takes time, and you have to give. Only patience is needed, and I had and should continue.
It is therefore also explain why continue to keep the CEO?
Considers that the examination by an auditor and lawyer showed that Ralf Schustereder legally not guilty as part of a relationship gegeistert worldwide. And international tensions and the collapse of society Schustereder Turkey can not question it. He has a difficult task at a difficult time, so I see no reason to replace it.
Other airports but airlines offer additional connections with them. Why in Kassel?
SUPPORTS, do not know how other airports. We must welcome the EU agreement to cover the deficit from the airport. In order not to jeopardize this, we must be very careful in the initial support for airline flights.
Ralf Schustereder sought to establish, among other connections to Egypt and Iran. Are these crisis areas actually appropriate objectives for the airport Kassel?
Mido believes CEO and efforts. We rented a use because it has experience in this business. Because of his many years in Egypt, he gives a lot of contacts. As a member of the Board, I am not writing to him, in which he is involved.
But since he took over the company, it has become a manageable schedule and is even thinner. This winter has more tourist flights.
He argued when he took over the flight plan, had no diplomatic complications with Turkey did not have terrorist attacks and political change in this country who have doubts about either, if the right destination. All this can not be blamed Mr. Schustereder.
Next year, the place Documenta Kassel and Athens. Then you can fly, in fact, here in Athens, but not the other way from Athens to Kassel. It is that in the eyes okay?
He believes this is the typical Kassel is Gemähre. We must consider the additional supply of Aegean Airlines, you can fly to Athens early summer Kassel. On the contrary, one can easily reach worldwide in Kassel.