Former Condor CEO to rescue Leipzig Airport

Airliners magazine reported that a renowned manager is helping Leipzig Halle Airport in a consulting role. However, no official confirmation about this has been made so far. This individual has already been spotted at the airport's premises by the employees.

May 30, 2024
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He already got Condor back on its feet: Ralf Teckentrup
He already got Condor back on its feet: Ralf Teckentrup


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Developer Ralf Teckentrup to revamp area. - Former Condor CEO to rescue Leipzig Airport

Leipzig - Meet the man who's set to revive the Leipzig and Dresden airports: Ralf Teckentrup (66), former air transport manager of Condor, is taking on the task of turning around the struggling Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.

Teckentrup did not stay out of the aviation industry for long after his resignation as CEO of Condor in January. He had rescued the airline from bankruptcy after the collapse of tourism giant Thomas Cook in 2019.

The Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG is facing financial difficulties and has been racking up double-digit million losses for years, some of which have been covered by the state. An initial restructuring plan proposed in early 2024 didn't sit well with the staff, with up to 122 of the 1300 jobs to be cut by 2026.

Unhappy employees even wrote a letter of outrage to the state government, accusing their bosses of poor management.

Matters got more serious when it was revealed that the airport's top executive, Andreas Schafhirt (62), who joined the company for restructuring in February, had been absent for weeks and was reported missing by his wife. There are rumors that he discovered irregularities while working. He is said to have since reappeared.

Going by the nickname "Tecke"

Teckentrup is known for his determination and is considered one of the most skilled air transport managers in Germany. On his departure from Condor, the airline commemorated him by painting their logo on an Airbus 330 Neo with the message "Thank you, Tecke" on the side.

Originally from Westphalia, Teckentrup is gearing up to work his magic at the airports. His appointment will be officially announced after the elections in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on June 9th.

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