Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport (FMG), was elected president of Airport Council International (ACI), the umbrella organization of Europe's international airports, it was announced in Paris today. Dr. Kerkloh has served on the board of ACI Europe for many years, most recently as the organization's first vice president. ACI Europe represents the interests of more than 500 airports in 45 European countries.
"European airports face major challenges today. These include the escalating capacity crunch at the big European hubs, the steadily rising costs for aviation security, the structural transformation within the airline industry, and the need to cut emissions. These issues are at the top of the agenda, and
cross-border cooperation among airports will play a key role in addressing them," said Dr. Kerkloh as he accepted the appointment.
Michael Kerkloh recently completed a four-year term as the president of the German Airports Association (ADV) and is a member of the executive committee of BDL, the German Aviation Industry Association (BDL).
He has been in charge at Munich Airport since September 2002, serving as FMG's president and CEO as well as the company's labor director. Under his
leadership, Bavaria's gateway to the world has moved up to join the ranks of Europe's top air transportation hubs, with annual traffic exceeding 42 million passengers in the most recent operating year.