Michael Kerkloh to retire as Munich Airport CEO

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Munich Airport president and CEO, Michael Kerkloh. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images For Porsche)

Michael Kerkloh will retire as Munich Airport president and chief executive officer at the end of 2019 after 17 years in charge.

In his time in charge of the operating company, Flughafen Munich GmbH (FMG), Kerkloh has overseen considerable traffic growth and several projects including opening Terminal 2 in 2003, commissioning the satellite terminal in 2016 and the expansion and upgrading of Terminal 1.

FMG supervisory board chairman, minister of state Albert Fueracker says: “During his time as CEO, Dr. Kerkloh has rendered outstanding service to Munich Airport and to Bavaria’s competitiveness in the world of aviation. The house he will leave behind in 12 months is in excellent order. For his hard work and achievements, I wish to express my sincere thanks.”

Kerkloh, who hails from Ahlen in North Rhine Westphalia and turned 65 in June 2018, started his aviation career at Frankfurt Airport in 1987 where he was responsible for operational planning and the organisation of aircraft handling.

He joined Hamburg Airport in 1995 where he served as CEO for seven years before joining Munich Airport.

Kerkloh has also been a member of the board of Airports Council International Europe for many years, being elected president in 2017 and re-elected in 2018.

He served as president of the German Airports Association for six years and is a member of the executive committee of the German Aviation Industry Association and is the president of the Export-Club Bayern, which promotes the interests of the Bavarian economy.

Kerkloh will continue to hold office as CEO until 31 December 2019.