Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has promised further support to the ailing aviation industry. The CSU politician is assuming a global redistribution of the aviation industry.
“For a certain period of time, we will no longer have the full range of mobility in the air. Some are happy about it, I am not. And we will have to continue to help, ”he told the German Press Agency in Berlin.
Scheuer referred to the billion dollar government aid package for Lufthansa. “But of course we’re also thinking of the airports. We are currently preparing a concept for the regional airports and are addressing the major commercial airports. If we lose important infrastructure at this point, we can no longer reactivate it. ” The goal is to get structure. “Everything that closes, that is no longer connected, will not open again.”
Aviation is one of the industries that are most severely affected by the Corona crisis. Bookings have fallen sharply. A quick recovery is not in sight. This increases the pressure to save. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr recently made it clear that the previously planned cuts in the group’s fleet and workforce were not enough.
Scheuer said: “If airlines like Lufthansa fly with only 30 percent, then they have much higher costs.” With a view to Airbus, he said that a European aircraft manufacturer is just as important in the overall aviation industry as air traffic control and baggage handling. If less is flown, this also has an impact on shops in the airport, including ground handlers. “That is an overall system in a crisis.”
The Minister of Transport said: “We will fly less because behavior is changing. The managing director of a company in Düsseldorf will limit his short trips to Berlin and replace them with video conferences. And that’s totally okay. ” But these changes would have consequences. Nobody could have imagined in January that three video or telephone conferences would be normal a day. “Even spontaneous short trips to other European countries over a long weekend will take place significantly less for a long time.”
Scheuer told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “I will as soon as possible invite you to an air traffic summit that will deal with the consequences of the Corona crisis for the entire aviation industry.” The 22 airports employed 180,000 people. With a significantly lower number of passengers, he was very concerned that the preservation of this important infrastructure would be in danger. For the three lockdown months alone, they are talking about holding costs of around 700 million euros, which the airport operators now lack for investments.